Authentication

Social Authentication - How good or bad it is?

Social Authentication - How good or bad it is?

To reduce the complexity of registration processes and need to remember multiple passwords, organizations have moved towards use of Social Authentication or Social Login.

Social Authentication is a type of authentication technique which minimizes the complication to website entry by lowering the need for usernames and passwords and allows users to authenticate using their existing social media identities and pre-verified user accounts (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc.). Users can simply use their credentials (username and passwords) of their social accounts to login to the website.  The protocols used to achieve social authentication are OpenID, SAML & OAuth.

How is Social Authentication different from other Authentication Mechanisms?

Need for enterprises to have an application to application interface security framework

Need for enterprises to have an application to application interface security framework

In an enterprise you can obviously find many front end applications interacting with many back end applications to expose a business service to the end user. The middleware components like IBM Datapower, Message broker and Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) are must to implement a robust Service Oriented Architecture as they support protocol transformation, security mediation, orchestration and many more.
The count of the Application Programming Interface (API) could go beyond 1000 easily; the data that is flowing in these interfaces could again be a mix of below

No passwords, only FIDO

Ask any security consultant how you can keep your password secure and you get to hear these standard guidelines:

  • Use mix of upper & lower case, numbers & special characters

  • Don't use dictionary words, your name or calendar dates

  • Should not be less than 8 characters long

  • Change password often

  • Don't share, don't write & don't re-use!!!

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