Introducing the New and Improved Passport UI

Kelly Strain

Today our team is excited to announce a few enhancements we have made to the Passport UI to improve user experience and efficiency.

First, we’ve updated the look and feel of the system. We have enhanced the aesthetic in order to reinforce function. New, modern font and style choices – guided by Material Design concepts – are not only pleasing to the eye, but allow you to perform the same functions and tasks, with less effort. 

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Font.

Inversoft’s new UI utilizes your OS system font to increase performance and decrease latency.

Color.

Passport’s default color palette provides a variety of contrasting hues and shadows to help establish a seamless sense of depth and separation.

Table Layout.

Static, bordered tables are a thing of the past. Space and simplicity is emphasized, in place of harsh contrasting colors, to create separation within tables. Utilizing full width display allows for more information and functionality.

Consistency.

Buttons and icons are uniform across the new dashboard. You will always know what actions and tools are available to you no matter where you are within Inversoft’s new UI. Consistency highlights the workflow and allows our users to develop usage patterns through familiarity.

While giving you the same features, the new UI provides:

  • Dashboard overview providing metrics and usage at a glance
  • Responsive mobile and desktop screen usage
  • Omnipresent user search bar for fast access to your user data
  • Sidebar navigation
  • Customization options (i.e. brand logo and hex code selection) 

 

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Our hope is that Passport is not only easy to use, but with our new UI you look forward to using it. Keep an eye out for new updates and enhancements.

developerWorks Webinar: How-To Revoke JSON Web Tokens

Kelly Strain

JSON Web Tokens Webinar

JSON Web Tokens (JWTs) are a popular authentication mechanism for good reason. JWTs are designed to be stateless, portable identities making them ideal for consumption by web applications and extremely mobile friendly.

While the stateless benefit of a JWT is great, it does come with a problem: Once a token has been issued to the user, that access token is valid until it expires. This time window poses a security concern.

So how do you revoke JSON web tokens if you need to?

Inversoft has figured out how to revoke JSON Web Tokens with little impact on a security token’s portability. That’s why we’re teaming up with IBM developerWorks for a live coding webinar on Thursday, July 27.

Tune into the webinar to learn:

  • What is the JWT security concern?
  • Why token revocation is necessary?
  • Traditional JWT revocation methods.
  • How Passport solves this issue.

The webinar is free to attend and there will be a Q&A after to ensure you get the JWT answers you need.

Don’t miss this live coding event, register today.

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Lunch & Learn: Authentication + User Management

Kelly Strain

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Inversoft’s founder and CEO, Brian Pontarelli, will be speaking about Authentication & User Management at WeWork Union Station.

Authentication is perhaps the single most common requirement of any application. Being able to quickly and easily register for or log into a service can make a huge difference for the user experience.

Authentication, authorization and user management are often required from the start. Not only is this time consuming and costly to build, but even a minor mistake can be disastrous. Turnkey user management and authentication providers can help companies focus on core business and application features rather than boilerplate infrastructure.

Brian will walk you through the paramount build vs. buy decision and answer questions along the way.

Details

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Time: 12:00PM – 1:00PM (MST)

Location:

WeWork Union Station

1550 Wewatta St

2nd Floor

Denver, CO

This Lunch & Learn is free to attend and Illegal Pete’s will be provided!

RSVP HERE

We hope to see you there! Please pass along the link to any of your colleagues who might be interested in attending the event as well.

 

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Identity Management: Get Your Head out of the Cloud

Kelly Strain

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Stormpath customers are experiencing first hand the repercussions of using a multi-tenant cloud hosted API. The company was acquired and users have to get data out, fast. By 8/17/2017 to be exact.

A recent article by ProgrammableWeb discusses the dangers of using third-party APIs, however they fail to mention ways to avoid this danger. The answer is not to stop using cloud APIs, nor is it to only select API’s from tech giants like Amazon, Google or Microsoft. Before choosing your identity and user management provider consider the deployment options.

On-Premise

Despite increasing cloud popularity, many companies still prefer (or require) an on-premise solutions.

Regulatory Requirements

Certain organizations face regulatory requirements that demand an on-premise solution. Regulatory controls and legal requirements vary depending on the industry, but many companies fall into this category. A third-party cloud vendor may not fit the compliance requirements for a particular organization within the finance or pharmaceutical sector.

Control

An on-premise solution can insulate you from issues Stormpath customers are now faced with. By installing the software on your servers (real or cloud-based) you gain control over:

  • User data
  • Access
  • Security
  • Upgrades

If the company shuts down or is acquired, you can likely continue using software since it is running on your servers. If this is not the case, the user data is yours and can easily be removed at your discretion.

Cloud

How do you protect your data? How do you ensure that you are the only one seeing your user data?

Multi-Tenant vs. Single-Tenant

Multi-tenant is an architecture where multiple companies store their data within the same instance. With single-tenant, each company has their own individual instance. With a single-tenant solution you receive maximum privacy. The risk of another business accidentally receiving data that doesn’t belong to them is eliminated. Each customer’s user data is separate and secure.

When considering cloud solutions, it is always important to prepare for the worst-case scenario. You should think about how you will get your data out of the cloud, before you ever put it in there.  In the event of an API shutdown, data recovery is much easier when each customer’s data is isolated in a single-tenant cloud.

Flexible Hosting (with a pitch)

Passport offers on-premise or single tenant cloud hosting. With these options, you have the ability to choose which deployment best meets your business or application needs. In addition, you have the flexibility to change your mind down the road.

Start Migrating from Stormpath to Passport today. Or sign up for a free Passport trial.

Stormpath has been acquired by Okta

Kelly Strain

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What we know

Stormpath has been acquired by Okta.

  • The Stormpath APIs will remain in service until August 17, 2017 at noon PST. On that date and time, Stormpath APIs will be shut down.
  • The Stormpath SDKs will be in maintenance mode until August 17, 2017 when they will be decommissioned.
  • Stormpath users will be able to migrate their data into Okta, and may also export their Stormpath data to use as desired.

Current Stormpath users must migrate – whether it be to Okta or a different provider altogether. We understand this is a challenge, a challenge you most likely did not see coming in the near future.

You have 6 months to choose a provider that best meets your business needs, export existing users and be up and running with minimal end user disruption. We are here to help. Continue reading