Single Sign-On

The Pros and Cons of Single Sign-On (SSO).  Should you use it, or not?



Pros of using SSO:

  1. Improved security: SSO enables users to access all their applications with a single set of login credentials, reducing the risk of password reuse and theft.
  2. Increased productivity: By eliminating the need to remember multiple login credentials, SSO reduces the time spent logging in and switching between applications.
  3. Better user experience: SSO provides a seamless and consistent experience for users, reducing frustration and improving user satisfaction.
  4. Reduced help desk support: With SSO, users can reset their own passwords without requiring assistance from IT, reducing help desk costs and support time.


"Single Sign-On provides an efficient and secure solution for managing access to your applications. By reducing the risk of password reuse and theft, SSO can improve security and productivity, while providing a seamless user experience. With SSO, you can simplify the login process, reduce help desk costs, and improve user satisfaction."

    Cons of using SSO:

    1. Dependence on a single identity provider: If the identity provider experiences downtime or failure, users will be unable to access their applications.

    2. Increased risk of security breaches: SSO creates a single point of failure, which can be vulnerable to hacking, malware, or other security threats.

    3. Integration challenges: SSO can be complex to implement, requiring integration with existing identity management systems, applications, and protocols.

    4. Lack of customization: SSO can limit the ability to customize login experiences, such as branding and user preferences, to meet the needs of different user groups.


    "While Single Sign-On may seem like a convenient solution, it's important to consider the potential risks involved. With SSO, you are putting all your eggs in one basket, creating a single point of failure that can be vulnerable to security breaches. Implementing SSO can also be complex and may limit customization options. Instead of relying on a single identity provider, it may be better to consider alternative solutions that offer more flexibility and control."

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