This topic describes how to create an AccessKey pair for an Alibaba Cloud account or a RAM user.
When you call API operations, you must use an AccessKey pair to complete identity verification. An AccessKey pair consists of an AccessKey ID and an AccessKey secret.
- The AccessKey ID is used to identify a user.
- The AccessKey secret is used to verify the identity of the user. You must keep your AccessKey secret strictly confidential.
Important If the AccessKey pair of an Alibaba Cloud account is leaked, the resources that belong to the account are exposed to potential risks. To ensure account security, we recommend that you create an AccessKey pair for a RAM user instead of an Alibaba Cloud account.
For more information, see Obtain an AccessKey pair.