How Uber Takes Advantage of the API Economy

You’ve probably heard about APIs and the API economy, and how they’re changing the way that applications are built. Companies like Uber and Airbnb that utilize 3rd party APIs extensively throughout their products have achieved a world class customer experience while being able to scale considerably fast. Focus on your strengths At the practical…

How Okta Can Help Confirm User Consent to Comply with Data Privacy Laws

With the proliferation of massive security breaches like Panera Bread and many others in 2018, new data privacy regulations like the GDPR are being enforced to protect individuals’ personal data. As awareness of these breaches rises, loss of individual trust is tied directly to customer sentiment, which, in turn, impacts revenue. In this post, we…

Okta Auth API: We roll auth so you don’t have to

Secure authentication is crucial for customers using your app. But building an authentication model for your application from the ground up is not easy for your developers. From dealing with conflicting user schemas to easing the flow of data between components, managing and protecting user accounts is probably not your team’s favorite part of…

Mobile Apps: Why Legacy WAM Can’t Protect them

In recent years, there’s been an explosion of mobile apps for consumers. With this paradigm shift away from on-premises apps, legacy Web Access Management (WAM) solutions are failing to support customer applications outside the traditional firewall perimeter. Read on to learn exactly what WAM is, and why its architecture can’t protect mobile apps…

What is WebAuthn?

In March 2019, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) announced that WebAuthn is now the official web standard for password-free login. With support from a broad set of applications (Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, Mobile), widespread adoption of WebAuthn is expected in coming years. In this post, we will explore the shortcomings of current…

What are Salted Passwords and Password Hashing?

Security is often not top of mind when creating customer-facing applications. But in a landscape of continual data breaches of major corporations like T-Mobile and Google, companies must be vigilant to adhere to security best practices. Processes like password salting and hashing are fundamental to the security posture of your apps. Understanding…

3 Ways to Stop Account Takeovers Before They Begin

To put it bluntly, 2018 was a bad year for data security. Major consumer-facing corporations like Marriott and Facebook experienced some of the largest data breaches in history, exposing the data of millions of consumers. In total, 2018 saw an overall increase in compromised company records of 133% YoY, with an average of 291 records stolen every…