Updated: 10/17/2017 by Computer Hope

A token may refer to any of the following:

1. A portion of data passed from computer to computer in token ring networks. When a computer has a token, it can communicate with other computers and devices on the network.

2. With programming or batch files, a token often refers to a portion of a much larger piece of data. For example, the date: 12/06/2016 could be broken into tokens: 12, 06, and 2016. Once these tokens are gathered, the programmer may use only the portions they want. In the case of the date example, they could use only the day and not the month or year.

3. A security token is a physical device that usually fits on a keyring that generates a security code for use with networks or software applications.

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