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Best identity management software of 2020: authentication and SSO apps

Best identity management software
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Managing digital identity with software has become an essential task for both businesses and consumers. With identity theft on the rise, the potential for unauthorized access to your user data has increased. Therefore it has become necessary to have some form of identity management software in place as a routine part of endpoint security.

This is especially in the case of businesses, who must look to protect private information, both for their company and customers on premises and with cloud services. Data breaches due to unauthorized access are more likely caused by weak passwords being hacked, especially where employees use the same password for multiple security tiers, than from security problems from any of the company software being used.

Therefore businesses need to focus on solving the problem of confirming individual user identity through employee monitoring where authorized, and then ensuring that access remains locked onto only that user. This can be done through a number of strategies, security software, and tools, not least by ensuring that all passwords for all access are strong, secure, and different so as to be difficult to hack into. Additionally, a business needs to be confident that the right user is only able to access the right applications.

Single Sign On (SSO) solutions are become increasingly necessary. These allow users to authenticate themselves across a business IT infrastructure without having to login separately for every application, and all without compromising on security. This is almost certainly going to be the default way that employees and consumers manage their identity in future, instead of having to remember multiple passwords and other login credentials.

Luckily there are a number of identity management software applications available to help with this, not least by looking to issues such as authentication and password management along with SSO. Here then we'll look at the best on the market.

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Best identity management software - at a glance

  1. HID Global
  2. AuthAnvil
  3. OneLogin
  4. Dashlane
  5. PortalGuard
  6. Okta

HID Global

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1. HID Global

Corporate digital security, but it doesn’t come cheap

You can make ongoing changes
Loads of authentication options
Aimed at enterprises

If you run a large-scale enterprise with a ton of digital assets, then you ought to check out HID Global. Used widely across the globe and adopted by companies such as Airbus, Citibank, HP, Nissan, and Verizon, this system lets you set smart authentication procedures for users. 

The software analyses risks posed to your company and aims to give you a tailored approach to cybersecurity. There are multiple authentication methods to choose from, such as advanced multi-factor authentication, secure physical and logical access, credentialing, as well as analytics and reporting for appraising risk. Any of these can involve biometrics, tokens, pins, SAML and phones.

What’s also nifty is the fact that you can add more applications and changes over time, so you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect method straight away. As well as this, the software offers added protection for privileged and important users. This is sophisticated technology and is targeted at firms with significant security budgets.


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2. AuthAnvil

All-round security

Plethora of features
Suitable for a range of businesses
Support is reportedly not always great

AuthAnvil is available on the web, Mac, Windows, iOS and Android applications, but whatever platform you’re looking at, the basic aim is the same – to protect your precious data. The company recognizes that password-related breaches are the biggest cause of data loss and has come up with a solution.

The system lets you protect company data by restricting content employees can access and ensuring that only trusted parties can use sensitive apps. For instance, you could use AuthAnvil to give managers direct control of internal company and customer data, as opposed to general employees.

As well as boasting integrated identity and access management solutions, the software also provides multi-factor authentication, single sign-on, password automation, identity-as-a-service and credentials management. These are all highly effective features.


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3. OneLogin

A feature-packed identity management system

Powerful single sign-on
Suitable for a range of firms
May overwhelm some users

OneLogin is a cloud-based authentication system that makes it easier for firms to secure their digital assets and users. It can handle multiple applications at once and has single sign-on capabilities. 

The system is perfect for all businesses, regardless of industry sector, and it can work with both internal and public applications. Features include access request management, account management, compliance regulation, password management, user monitoring and role management. 

There's a free trial you can use to try out the software. If you do purchase a solution, the support doesn’t stop. You can access documentation, webinars and online chats to better understand and get the most out of OneLogin. There’s also 24/7 tech support through the company website, so you can always ask a question if you get stuck.


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4. Dashlane

A renowned password management tool

Powerful capabilities
Support for all major platforms
Less features than some systems

Dodgy password management is often the culprit when it comes to data breaches, although Dashlane is looking to solve this. It’s a password vaulting service that will protect your company’s data and ensure your cybersecurity habits are always kept on the straight and narrow.

The system prides itself on simplicity. You aren’t expected to know every single thing about technology and security to be able to use it. It’s been built with AES 256-bit encryption, and semantic technology also plays a big role in the mechanics system. There’s a dedicated engine for this, which works towards fast login speeds and auto-fill forms across a variety of web applications.

It’s a unified platform, meaning it can work across Windows, Mac, iOS and Android – all the platforms you're likely use. And if you're a smaller business, there is a limited free version that may just be enough.


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5. PortalGuard

Built with simplicity in mind

Easy-to-use portal
Free trial or live demo
Less features than competitors

PortalGuard combines important authentication procedures and password management capabilities within one convenient portal. 

The software is compatible with Mac, Windows, iOS, cloud tools and web browsers, and it places a premium on ease-of-use. While it’s not the most powerful system out there by any means, many users will appreciate having things kept simple, and benefiting from their own custom-branded login portal.

What’s also neat is that when it comes to trying out the service before you commit to purchasing, you can avail yourself of a free interactive trial, or alternatively request a live demo from the company.


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6. Okta

For workforce and customer identity

For workforce and customers
Single Sign On
Automations and integrations

Okta offers a range of identity management solutions for both your workforce and customers, allowing you to build secure environments and experiences that protect and enable both.

Identity services include SSO that helps reduce support loads while making it easier for users to access and login to apps. There are also universal directory and adaptive MFA, as well as API access management options, to make it easier to integrate IT infrastructure. 

Identity management is customizable in real-time according to business policies, and two-factor authentication is also provided along with a user password reset functionality. Lifecycle management offers the ability to automate workflows and includes a range of B2B integrations to help with the process.

Centralized user management also means the service can adapt easily to new apps and other software development within your business, meaning that identity management can continue without interruption.