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All resources on the One Platform, including Clients, are given a globally unique identifier called a “Resource Identifier” (RID). The RID is a 40 character alpha-numeric string, and can be used to uniquely identify a client anywhere on the One Platform.
Clients are authenticated with the One Platform by using a valid Client Interface Key (CIK). A CIK is a 40 character alpha-numeric string that is essentially the client’s password. CIKs should be kept secret, using the same precautions you would use with a password.
All Clients on the system have a one-to-one mapping between RIDs and CIKs.
Some API interfaces support authentication token (auth-token) based permissions. These interfaces use unique identifiers within a Client Model name space to interact with a Client’s resources based on the permissions associated with the auth-token. Auth-token permissions do not typically support the full range of permissions available to CIK holders.