What is Single Sign-On?

What is Single Sign-On (SSO)?

The average user needs to remember upwards of 12 different usernames and passwords every day to log in to do their work. Recalling all of these credentials is not only frustrating, but also leads to unsecure situations. End-users often write their passwords on paper, for instance, and keep them near their desk in order to remember their credentials. It would be far easier if users only had to remember one complex password to log into all the applications they need.

Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO) software allows end users to do just that. SSO software intercepts all the application login windows and automatically populates the required username and password. The user only has to log in to their workstation and the SSO software takes care of the rest.

The benefits of Single Sign-On are:

  • Ease of use for the end-user
  • The user is more productive
  • Increased network security
  • Fewer password reset requests for the IT helpdesk

Authentication Management

Often in organizations, Single Sign-On is combined with authentication management. This makes the login process even simpler with the use of a smartcard and a PIN code. The user simply swipes their smartcard past a reader when logging in, and enters their unique PIN code. After this, the user is logged into his or her workstation and can then open all the applications needed, without having to reenter their credentials.