OneLogin and Passport: Different Enough To Make A Difference

Bryan Giese

OneLogin and Passport Comparison

If you have any type of application or service, you already know that secure customer identity and access management (CIAM) is vital to register, authenticate, and manage your users. OneLogin and Passport are two popular customer identity and access management solutions. Although they share many features, they also are built to solve specific problems from different types of companies. Understanding their unique perspectives can help clarify which one is a better match for your company’s needs.


For example, you may have seen OneLogin talking about their recent integrations that leverage blockchain technology. This is exciting news for the identity management community, and we look forward to seeing if it will it be a mass-market hit, a niche-industry toolkit, or simply a bright flash in the identity management news cycle. A large corporation like OneLogin backed with millions in investor funding can take a risk with emerging technology like this, and work out how it fits into their product portfolio at a later time. Passport focuses on features and functionality we know our customers need. Our goal is to provide a streamlined platform designed to match a company’s requirements without adding in unnecessary overhead. This contrast in perspective explains the differences between OneLogin and Passport.

What OneLogin and Passport Have In Common

As Many Users As You Can Get

OneLogin and Passport both take advantage of OAuth tokens & API key management providing secure access for web and mobile applications. In addition, they are both web-scale applications designed to register and manage an unlimited number of users without a hiccup.

Full-Featured Identity Tools

OneLogin and Passport both provide the essential tools that modern identity management requires including multi-factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO) across multiple applications, and customizable communication templates. Both also provide user reports that any company needs to monitor their growth.

These are basic requirements of any CIAM, and take substantial time and money to develop in-house. A custom built authorization system also requires constant evaluation and maintenance as technology and security threats evolve, shifting valuable developer resources away from core application features that generate revenue. OneLogin and Passport both eliminate this cost of development and maintenance providing long-term value to their clients.

While OneLogin and Passport share these benefits over a custom solution, they differ in ways that can be vital to an organization and how they need to manage their users.

How OneLogin and Passport Are Different

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Single-Tenant Security

A big difference between OneLogin and Passport is that both of Passport’s local and cloud options are true single-tenant solutions. OneLogin has a solution that installs on-premise, but it still relies on being connected to their cloud for complete functionality. Passport’s solution can be 100% on-premise providing complete control of data storage locations and transmission pathways. Passport also enables customers to implement a firewall at any layer, further protecting data from unauthorized access.

Passport’s single-tenant architecture also allows for easier compliance with complex regulatory restrictions in many industries and countries. Germany’s Bundesdatenschutzgesetz, Australia’s Privacy Principles, Canada’s PIPEDA, and most recently the European Union’s GDPR all place different restrictions on how a user’s personal data can be used and transmitted. Passport provides the expanded control for companies required to comply with laws and regulations in their specific region.

For more details on the benefits and pitfalls of single- and multi-tenant solutions read our recent whitepaper.

Configurable Password Encryption

Every application has different security requirements. Some need to be HIPAA compliant, while others can be less stringent. We let you pick the level of security you need, and adjust it as quickly as your needs or threats evolve, including using different password schemas for different groups of users. This can be a completely transparent process without any downtime or customer friction.

For more details, read about how we migrated DataStax to Passport from their previous solution.

Enterprise Identity Unification (EIU)

Another way OneLogin and Passport differ is how they can handle complex bulk merger challenges. In today’s fast-moving business world, companies merge with or acquire partners and competitors every day. It’s a difficult challenge to combine and manage the unique databases of users that each company brings into the system. This is the realm of EIU and presents many complex issues such as duplicate users, incomplete or conflicting data, and varying password schemas.

Passport allows a parent company to create unique tenants to isolate distinct datasets while still providing a single user management system for the overall organization. It gives the administrators incremental control over how and when the information is merged, and can even engage the users to manage, filter, and unify their own profile data.

If you would like more information on how Passport enables effective EIU across multiple identity management systems, contact us.

Custom Feature Development

Another difference between OneLogin and Passport is our size and flexibility. OneLogin is a large company supported by millions in investor funding. At their size, it is difficult to provide custom features or functionality for smaller companies with unique or non-standard needs.

In contrast, Inversoft is a small, bootstrapped company dedicated to our customers. For the last 10-years we have successfully provided our core solutions with unique customizations and one-on-one support for our clients. We have eliminated the overhead, complex approval pipelines, and corporate red-tape that cripples large firms so we can deliver exceptional solutions for clients like DataStax, Mineplex, and Niantic (Pokemon). If you have a specific challenge for managing users that we don’t already cover, we’ll work with you for a solution. This is an added benefit to having a single-tenant solution: your system can be customized to fit your specific requirements and specifications.

These are just a few of the immediate differences between OneLogin and Passport. Download this feature comparison for a point-by-point evaluation, and please contact us if you have any questions or would like a quick demo. We’d love to show you what we can do for your application.

OneLogin and Passport Comparison Paper

Learn More About Passport

Passport is designed to be the most flexible and secure Customer Identity and Access Management solution available on the market. More than a login tool, we provide registration, data search, user segmentation and advanced user management across applications. Find out more about Passport and sign up for a free trial today.

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