5 trends shaking up multifactor authentication

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One of the biggest surprises in MFA tools is that physical tokens are making a comeback, with encryption keys embedded in 'smart' hardware tokens

Perhaps the biggest surprise in our review of nine multi-factor authentication products is that physical tokens are making a comeback. Many IT managers were hoping that software-based tokens, which are easier to deploy and manage, would make hardware tokens extinct.

In our review three years ago of two-factor authentication products, the hot new approach was using smartphones as an authentication method via soft tokens, which could be a smartphone app, SMS message, or telephony.

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