Computing

AAA

The term “AAA” appears in several contexts

  • Automobile
  • Battery Size
  • Computing

Automobile

In the USA, AAA (or Triple A) stands for American Automobile Association. The benefits vary depending upon if one is a regular member or a premium member. Commonly provided services include

  • Towing
  • Jump start
  • Lock out
  • Out of gas
  • Optional : battery replacement

Battery Size

AA and AAA are battery sizes.

Computing

In computing, AAA stands for

  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Accounting

Authentication

May be based on

  • What you know (e.g. password or pass phrase)
  • What you have (e.g. special token for login)
  • What you are (e.g. fingerprint)

Authorization

May be based on

  • Role (e.g. Administrator)
  • Time / Period (e.g. working hours only)
  • Types of allowable resource (e.g. sensitive data)

Accounting

May be based on

  • Paid subscription
  • Pay as you go
  • No charge
  • Discount

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