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Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:44:38 +0100
From: Matlink <>
Subject: Re: Authentication vs identification


Authentification is verifying that an user is really the one she's
pretending to be (i.e. by asking for a password).

Identification is trying to put an identity on someone, like her name is
Alice Smith from London (or less precisely by tracking her across websites).

Le 15/12/2017 à 16:32, Alex Smirnoff a écrit :
> It confuses me as well. Isn't it exactly the opposite? Identification
> involves a person, and authentication involves abstract "entity" which
> could be non-person, group of people or whatever.
> On Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 09:29:16AM +0100, Eugene Panferov wrote:
>> it dawned on me recently, the difference between the two is easy to grasp
>> and easy to formulate:
>> You do want exactly one man to be capable of authentication.
>> You do want multiple men to be capable of identification.

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