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In encryption, a key is a sequence of characters used to encode and decode a file. In network access security, the ‘key’ often refers to the ‘token’ or authentication tool, a device utilised to send and receive challenges and responses during the user authentication process. Keys may be small, hand-held hardware devices similar to pocket calculators or credit cards, or they may be loaded onto a PC as copy-protected, software.

Kilobyte (kb)

1 Kilobyte = 1024 bytes

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