To bind is to fix an association between two things by recording a relationship between them.
In digital identity services, binding tends fall into one of three kinds,
- Identity binding: The permanent association of a digital identity with a civil identity.
- Domain binding: The permanent association of a digital identity with an identity domain.
- Access binding: The temporary association of an addressable location on a network and a known identity during series of network communications.
Generally, a bind can mean any association between two agents of any kind that is retained for a period of time.
- In the realm of information and communications technology, bind is a very common term with a number of context-specific meanings. Some examples are:
- Linking subroutines in a computer program.
- Associating a network adaptor’s MAC address with an IP address.
- Associating the IP address and web address of a computer in a domain name server.