There seem to be two different applications RSA SecurID Software Token App and the RSA SecuID Authenticate App? What is the difference between them?
The SecurID Access family was the marriage of two products, SecurID Authentication Manager, current version 8.3 with 8.4 due soon, and SecurID Access (the product originally known as Simplify before RSA bought the company, branded as 'Via' in a short lived marketing effort, and containing the piece known as the Identity Router, IDR, which connects to the SecurID Access Cloud service.
Each of these two parents in the family have their own authenticators (think tokens but more), therefore there are two different apps for these two types of authenticators.
RSA SecurID Software Token App is for Software Tokens distributed by an Authentication Manager Server, and there is a version of this app that runs on Windows. This is basically a 6 or 8 digit number that changes every 60 seconds, called a tokencode, and you most always enter a PIN with the tokencode for a passcode. This is the original or traditional Two Factor Authentication, 2FA, PIN+TokenCode, something you have and something you know.
The RSA SecuID Authenticate App is for authenticators from the SID Access Cloud service, such as push-to-approve, biometrics and the Authenticate app token codes. This is often referred to as multi-factor authentication, MFA.
Depending on how you deploy Access, you may be able to use each authenticator against either parent in the SecurID Access family.
Thanks for the explanation. I would bet there are others having the same question as Gordon Mathias.
Hi Gordon - to quickly check out the Authenticate App capabilities I would recommend the RSA SecurID Access Test Drive.
As Jay Guillette mentioned the SecurID software token application provides tokencodes only and need an Authentication Manager in your environment to verify them.
The newer Authenticate App provides tokencodes as well as approve notifications and biometric (fingerprint or face ID) that can be used as additional authentication to web-based applications.
Hope that helps,
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