Single Sign-on is an user authentication process which allows a user to use single Account credentials to access more than one web applications. This means that once a user don’t have to create multiple accounts on all the web applications and he/she don’t have to login again to other application which belongs to the same Organisation.
Let’s consider a scenario to understand Single sign on. Let’s assume that you have 10 different website portal and mobile applications in your company. Every of them is secured and needs the employees to login. This results in frustration as a user has to login to each of the application separately. Moreover, there is a security risk too because many of the users start to write or store the passwords at insecure places. In such case, implementation a single user credential or Single sign-on can be very helpful as users are not forced to sign in separately for each account.
Benefits of SSO
- SSO integration gets all the website feed data into a single database. This database contains all the user profile data collected from all the web applications. For example, if a user has entered a new field in a web property, it will be merged in its existing user profile data. Though all this is stored in a single database, multiple databases too can be used is needed.
- User activity tracking is the very important benefit of single sign-on. One can easily track user login time and other user activities across all websites and get a centralized report.
- Using Single sign on definitely improves the productivity of the users. with the increasing reports of hacking, companies strive on making passwords policies strict and it’s not possible for an employee to remember multiple long passwords. SSO helps in saving time and increases productivity.
- I have heard countless times that using SSO is not safe just because if someone gets access to your password, she or he will be able to access all the web properties related to it. I say that if people will have only one password to remember, they will make it as strong as possible as it’s easy to keep one tough password rather than keep 10 passwords written in a notebook. Moreover, management too can encourage users to keep the password strong as its the only password needed to login to all the portals they are using