What is Single Sign-On?


SSO, or single sign-on, is a federated identity management arrangement that allows users to log in once and access multiple services without having to re-enter authentication factors. SSO provides many benefits for users, including convenience and security. Enterprises can use SSO, smaller businesses, and individuals to manage usernames and passwords easier.


How Single Sign-On Works

SSO works by the user authenticating with an SSO service, which provides the user with an access token. The SSO service uses this access token to verify the user's identity and authorize their access to SSO-protected services. A third party can provide the SSO service, or it can be integrated into an existing identity management system.


When a user tries to access an SSO-protected service, they are redirected to the SSO login page. The user then enters their SSO credentials verified by the SSO service. The SSO service provides the user with an access token if the credentials are valid. The user is then redirected back to the SSO-protected service with the access token. The SSO-protected service uses the access token to verify the user's identity and authorize their access.


The Benefits of SSO

SSO provides many benefits for users, including convenience and security. With SSO, users only have to remember one set of credentials to access all of their SSO-protected services. SSO also helps to reduce password fatigue, which is when users have so many passwords, they start to reuse them or use simple passwords that are easy to guess. SSO can also help to improve security by reducing the number of places where user credentials are stored. If an SSO service is compromised, the attacker would only get access to the SSO service and would not be able to access the SSO-protected services.


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