What is a FedLine security token? The answer to this and some other commonly asked questions about FedLine security token use and Federal Reserve Bank Services requirements are below.
The Federal Reserve Banks are committed to providing secure access to critical information and applications. We rely on your organization's support and diligence toward maintaining secure FedLine Solutions connections. A critical component of our security framework is the use of a FedLine security token.
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FedLine security tokens are read-only, non-storage, multi-factor USB devices used to authenticate individuals accessing certain FedLine Solutions. The FedLine security token is a two-factor security device used to uniquely identify individuals accessing the FedLine Web® and FedLine Advantage® Solutions.
Multi-factor is a type of authentication that requires multiple forms of verification to allow access to a system. A two-factor device, such as a FedLine security token, requires two forms of verification in order to grant access. This type of authentication is usually met in the form of something you "have" (e.g., a FedLine security token) and something you "know" (e.g., a passphrase).
FedLine security tokens provide a widely accepted, easy-to-use and reliable approach to two-factor authentication (a form of multi-factor authentication).
Use of a FedLine security token requires that a USB port be available on the Subscriber's desktop/laptop.
Because use of a FedLine security token requires a USB port, you would not be able to use your computer to access services that require a FedLine security token.
USB tokens require a one-time installation of token client software on the individual’s desktop. This software is provided with the FedLine security token.
FedLine security tokens are tamper-resistant and read-only devices that are designed to prevent anything from being written to (or extracted from) them.
FedLine security tokens are designed so that individuals are unable to write to or from them, which safeguards against viruses or malware being installed on a FedLine security token.