What Is SSO? A Secure Solution for Password Fatigue

If you’ve come across the term “SSO,” or encountered articles (like this one from CSO) that mention it, you’re likely wondering, “What is SSO?”

What is SSO?

SSO stands for “single sign-on,” and is a centralized service for user authentication. It’s a great tool to ensure the security of your website.

With single sign-on, you can use a single set of login credentials to access multiple sites or web applications. An example of SSO is using your Google account credentials to log into another service or website, like Airbnb or Uber.

This means that you only need to remember one set of login credentials to access multiple platforms, as opposed to creating a new password for every site and service you access. The SSO process enables you to store login details and any sensitive information in one secure location, which decreases the number of places where someone might stumble upon your private data.

Using SSO with WordPress.com

You can use WordPress.com’s built-in SSO feature to sign in to other WordPress sites, which can help cut down on password fatigue. As long as you’ve used your WordPress.com account to register for an account on a site, you’ll be able to access it using the same set of SSO credentials.

Give it a try by logging into Gravatar or Akismet.

If you’re already using Google as your single sign-on method, you can further cut down on login information by using your Google account to log in to WordPress.com.

SSO and self-hosted WordPress sites

If you have a self-hosted WordPress website, you can connect it to WordPress.com using the Jetpack plugin. This will make your self-hosted site accessible via your WordPress.com account. This can prove to be especially useful if you own or contribute to multiple WordPress websites, and want to sign in to each one regularly.

Single sign-on is automatically enabled on all WordPress.com websites, giving you a secure and straightforward way to access your sites. It’s important to remember that SSO is not a substitute for other security practices. So, don’t forget to select a strong password and enable two-step authentication.


Jonathan Bossenger

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