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Multi-Factor Authentication Primer

Can a stranger use your credentials? One of the oldest problems facing access control is making credentials as easy to use as keys, but restricting them to certain individuals. The technique of 'multi-factor authentication' is applied when the end-user is concerned about who actually can use access control credentials. In this note, we examine the concept and detail the ways many access control designers choose to use it.

Multi-Factor Authentication Defined


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