Using OAuth for your OnApp login: what are the benefits?

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OnApp has supported single sign-on since v3.3, using either SAML, or using OAuth – the open standard for authorization.

In this article, we’ll take a quick look at OAuth and why you should consider using it for your OnApp cloud.

OAuth enables third party providers, such as Google and Facebook, to supply the credentials used to log into your cloud. It’s a popular way to facilitate sharing of data between applications, as you can see from number of websites and applications which allow users to log in using third party accounts.


So why should you consider using OAuth for your OnApp cloud? Here are a few of the best reasons…

  • Increase in trust: your users do not have to submit a password to log into OnApp
  • Fewer passwords to remember: your users don’t have to create another profile, thus resulting in a better customer experience
  • More control: your users can prevent application access from the OAuth Provider
  • Less effort: as a service provider, you don’t need to provide password management support (forgotten passwords, user authentication etc)
  • Lower ID theft risk: authentication takes place at the OAuth provider
  • Proven: top OAuth providers such as Google and Facebook have industry proven APIs in place, which you can leverage at low risk
  • Stronger authentication: OAuth providers such as Google and Facebook offer 2 factor authentication, so you can also implement 2fa with ease

It’s easy to add these features to your cloud and bring simple, secure login to your customers.

You’ll find step-by-step instructions in the OnApp Administrator Guide. Click here to search our documentation portal for instructions for your version of OnApp. Thanks!