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Deactivate access keys not used in 90 days


Access keys consist of an access key ID and secret access key, used to sign programmatic requests that you make to AWS. AWS users need their own access keys to make programmatic calls to AWS from the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI), Tools for Windows PowerShell, AWS SDKs, or via direct HTTP calls using the APIs for individual AWS services. Best practices recommend deactivating unused access keys.


Perform the following to deactivate access keys:

  1. Log in to the AWS Management Console.
  2. Click Services.
  3. Click Identity and Access Management (IAM) and select Users.
  4. Open the IAM user of interest and select Security Credentials tab.
  5. Locate the key and click Make inactive.