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Two-Factor Authentication

Definition - What does Two-Factor Authentication mean?

Two-factor authentication is a security mechanism that requires two types of credentials for authentication and is designed to provide an additional layer of validation, minimizing security breaches.

Two-factor authentication is also known as strong authentication.

Techopedia explains Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication works with two separate security or validation mechanisms. Typically, one is a physical validation token, and one is a logical code or password. Both must be validated before accessing a secured service or product. Generally, an authenticating procedure requires a physical token or identity validation, followed by a logical password or personal identification number (PIN).

The security procedure for an ATM machine is a common example of two-factor authentication, which requires that a user possess a valid ATM card and PIN.

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