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About two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication is designed to provide additional security for your BlackBerry® device. Two-factor authentication requires an item that you have (for example, a smart card) and an item that you know (for example, a pass phrase). You can also use the connection to your smart card reader to authenticate, without requiring a smart card to be present.

You can use a smart card for two-factor authentication when you unlock your device, or you can use a software token for two-factor authentication when you use your device with RSA® software as a hardware token. If you have a Wi-Fi® enabled BlackBerry device, you can also use a software token for two-factor authentication when you log in to a VPN or connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Depending on your BlackBerry device model and the two-factor authentication settings that you choose, you might need to type your pass phrase when you perform one of the following actions:

  • unlock your BlackBerry device
  • change a general security option on your BlackBerry device
  • change a smart card option
  • use your BlackBerry device with RSA software
  • log in to a VPN
  • connect to a Wi-Fi network

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