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Is there a generic term to designate both public and private keys, certificates and maybe even passwords?

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    by adding "passwords" to your list, I'm not sure what you are asking for – schroeder May 20 '15 at 18:46
  • @schroeder forget about the passwords then – Jacques May 20 '15 at 18:48
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    Yes - "stuff" covers it. – gowenfawr May 20 '15 at 18:57
  • If you include the need for CAs to ensure a cert is trusted & valid, then PKI might fit the bill. – armani May 20 '15 at 19:22
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Credentials seems appropriate.

  • Would credentials not also encompass user / name / email / Telephone# / Location ? – LvB May 20 '15 at 18:56
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    I'm not sure that a private key should be used as a credential – schroeder May 20 '15 at 19:00
  • @LawrivanBuël other things such as biometrics would also be credentials. – Neil Smithline May 20 '15 at 19:01
  • According to the link "Usually they take the form of machine-readable cryptographic keys and/or passwords". That's about as close a match as you're gonna get. – Mike Ounsworth May 20 '15 at 19:01
  • My remark is meant to question scope (is Credentials not to big in scope for this use?), not that it does not qualify. it does. ;) – LvB May 20 '15 at 19:02
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Possible Authentication mechanism. Sources :

Although the other suggestion of Credentials by @neil-smithline could also be true.

  • you are assuming that certs and keys are for authentication – schroeder May 20 '15 at 18:54
  • When are they not? They always Identify something. (A server, A client, A secret, etc.) – LvB May 20 '15 at 18:55
  • identity != authentication – schroeder May 20 '15 at 18:55
  • My question was about the name of the data, or objects, not the way in which they are used – Jacques May 20 '15 at 18:57
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    I hear you, but I think you made an error in logic. An authentication mechanism might use those things, but those things are not an authentication mechanism. Your own wiki link uses the term: authentication factor. – schroeder May 20 '15 at 19:04

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