Amazon provides storage services to store data in form of files and folders. This easy to use mechanism facilitates store and retrieve service from Amazon server. To use any service on web, a User ID and Password is required. The AWS Access Key and Secret Key serve the purpose of ID and Password to access Amazon S3.
To start with, one should have an
account on Amazon S3
, which upon activation can be accessed by the credentials mentioned above. Once you log on to Amazon successfully, you can perform various useful operations such as
set or revoke permissions
To learn more about AWS ACCESS key and SECRET Key, read on.
AWS access key
This is actually
. It is alphanumeric text string that uniquely identifies user who owns account. No two accounts can have same AWS Access Key.
AWS Secret key
This key plays role of
. It's called secret because it is assumed to be known to owner only, that's why when you type it in given box, its displayed as asterisk or dots. A Password with Access Key forms a secure information set that confirms user's identity. You are advised to keep your Secret Key in a safe place.
While connecting to S3 using Bucket Explorer, you have to provide these two keys. You will be logged in automatically provided your keys are absolutely correct otherwise you will get appropriate error message.