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Industry Insight

What is a Domain Name System (DNS)?

What Is the Domain Name System (DNS)?  The domain name system (DNS) makes it possible for browsers, apps, and servers to load internet resources. Think of it like a phonebook—except instead of associating a person’s name with a phone number, it maps a domain name (e.g., okta.com) to an internet protocol (IP) address that can be understood by…

What Are Containers?

Container technology—often referred to simply as “containers”—is a mechanism for packaging an application so that it can run in isolation from other processes. Getting their name from the shipping industry, containers are units of software, made up of code and dependencies, that enable applications to run quickly, reliably, and uniformly,…

Security Questions: Best Practices, Examples, and Ideas

Security questions are a common method of identity authentication—one you’ve probably encountered before. When creating an account or signing up for a service online, users will confidentially share the answers to secret questions with a provider.  Typically, these security questions and answers are used for self-service password recovery…

The Burdens of Maintaining Homegrown Customer Identity

The best digital experiences may appear effortless from the outside, but keeping web and mobile apps and portals at a market-leading standard takes a lot of work. Your development teams are likely juggling multiple products, brands, and channels, all with their own set of requirements and varying degrees of complexity. As the front door to your…

Introducing Okta for Good’s First Impact Report

When Okta took the 1% pledge in 2016, we founded our social impact arm, Okta for Good, with a mission to strengthen the connections between people, technology, and community. The importance of these connections has never been more clear than over the last year — when we experienced a global pandemic, rising inequality, and global calls for racial…

What Is Single Sign-On (SSO)?

Single sign-on (SSO) is a user authentication tool that enables users to securely access multiple applications and services using just one set of credentials. Whether your workday relies on Slack, Asana, Google Workspace, or Zoom, SSO provides you with a pop-up widget or login page with just one password that gives you access to every integrated…

What Are Microservices?

Microservices architecture, also known simply as “microservices,” is an approach to building software with modular services that are distinct and independent from each other.  In recent years, microservices have become a popular choice for designing and deploying applications. They allow apps to be broken into smaller and loosely coupled pieces …

Use Okta to Access Microsoft Powershell on-Prem? Yes, You Can.

Since its beginnings, the vision for Okta has been to enable any company to use any technology—that promise includes use of the ubiquitous Powershell code in enterprise environments through the Okta platform.  Microsoft Powershell is commonly used as part of the Joiner, Mover, Leaver identity-centric business processes to manage Microsoft…

Making 2021 the Year of Rapid Innovation

There’s no question that 2020 will go down in history as an unprecedented and challenging year. But in spite of this—or even because of it—we’ve seen several breakthroughs in science and technology. Take the vaccines that have been developed to combat COVID-19. Before the pandemic, there had never been a vaccine created in under a year, nor one…

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