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  • "I am pretty happy with the pricing model of Auth0. It is very clear for me. Considering our scale, the features that we are using, and additional features that we bought, we still find it great. If you split the costs for the whole year and calculate the number of people you needed to hire, it always comes out to be much lesser than what we would have spent on building our own solution."
  • "Pricing of Auth0 is a pain point. Their pricing model is very confusing, at least for an enterprise. I don't like their pricing model. I think it's too aggressive. It's not very cheap for a service that only does authentication."
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    Top Answer:It's a very powerful platform. It has the ability to do the usual stuff, according to modern protocols, like OIDC and OAuth 2. But the real benefit of using the platform comes from its flexibility to… more »
    Top Answer:Pricing of Auth0 is a pain point. Their pricing model is very confusing, at least for an enterprise. I don't like their pricing model. I think it's too aggressive. It's not very cheap for a service… more »
    Top Answer:When they introduced the Organizations feature they did support different login screens per organization. However, they introduced a dependency between this feature and another called the New… more »
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    Security Monitoring, Blocking, and Fraud Protections
    Akamai Identity Cloud continuously monitors our production environments for the state and health of the Akamai Identity Cloud platform. We gather detailed key performance indicator (KPI) metrics on uptime and availability for every service. Abnormalities trigger alerts to the Network Operations Command Center (NOCC) staff, on-call 24/7/365.

    Brute Force Attacks (Account Takeovers)
    Akamai Identity Cloud offers account-locking functionality to protect against brute force password attempts. After a specific number of failed attempts from a user, Akamai Identity Cloud locks an account. This feature is completely customizable Customers determine when and how to block additional login attempts. In addition, the Akamai Identity Cloud offers CAPTCHA- and SMS-based authentication options. Customers can choose to implement these for step-up authentication at any login attempt threshold.

    Advanced Persistent Distributed Attacks
    Akamai Identity Cloud has experience in successfully staving off distributed attacks. By proactively monitoring for bots/malicious activity — correlating dozens of custom metrics specific to login and registration — we can block the numerous sets of dynamic IPs that malicious actors spin during an attack.

    Through IP-blocking and whitelisting, Akamai Identity Cloud can ensure that access is granted only when authorized. For example, Akamai Identity Cloud can identify IP addresses from specific countries or regions and block them from registering and/or logging in on a per customer choice (geoblocking). It can also block specific lists of IP addresses (e.g., lists of known bad IP addresses and black hat-associated IP addresses). If IP addresses are legitimate but exceptions to standard rules, or if they’ve been erroneously added to blacklists, Akamai Identity Cloud can whitelist them ensuring that IP addresses on this list are always accepted.

    Denial-of-Service Attacks
    Online Business Systems, Inc., an external third-party penetration testing firm, tested Akamai Identity Cloud’s ability to withstand DoS attacks. Bot mitigation strategies include rate limiting to mitigate bot DoS attacks, reCAPTCHA to mitigate bots that create fake user profiles, and both client- and server-side validation to ensure that all field values are legitimate.

    Trend Monitoring
    Akamai Identity Cloud employs custom API monitoring on a per-customer basis to establish trends in usage as well as to identify and block abnormal usage patterns. It is proven to successfully identify and mitigate malicious activity on behalf of Akamai Identity Cloud customers. And because each customer is unique, Akamai Identity Cloud can implement alerting and blocking rules that reflect inherent trend differentiations.

    Adjusting a customers custom blocking rules is a collaborative process between Akamai Identity Cloud and the customer. Different customers have different risk appetites and risk tolerances, and these affect trade-offs between blocking some legitimate traffic and assuming some costs of fraud. Advanced persistent attacks might involve multiple adjustments of the custom policy engine rules.

    Intrusion Detection
    OSSEC intrusion detection system automatically reviews logs for suspicious activity on a regular basis. New account creation fraud protections include CAPTCHA- and SMS-based authentication — options that a customer may choose to implement as a step-up authentication protection against scripted account creation attacks. Akamai Identity Cloud proactively monitors for bots/malicious activity by correlating dozens of custom metrics specific to login and registration, as well as by identifying anomalies specific to a customer’s unique traffic patterns.

    Auth0 is an easily adaptable authentication and authorization platform.You can easily and quickly connect your apps, choose identity providers, add users, set up rules, customize your login page and access analytics from your Auth0 dashboard. It really is identity made simple for developers.

    Auth0’s identity and management platform provides:

    • Greater control
    • Superior security
    • Ease of use

    With Auth0 You Can:

    • Optimize for user experience, privacy, and security
    • Use social login integrations
    • Lower user friction
    • Incorporate rich user profiling
    • Facilitate more transactions.
    • Incorporate multi-factor authentication, custom extensions, and step-up authentication for high-risk/high-value transactions
    • Allow for anonymous initial use prior to registration
    • Delegate access for B2B2C SaaS services
    • Have access to an organizational portal, access controls, and multiple extensions
    • Federate with industry partner IAM systems
    • Establish layered policy and access controls

    Auth0 Features:

    • Universal login: Auth0 makes it possible for you to authenticate users across all of your applications using your own custom, secure, and standards-based unified login.
    • Single sign on: Auth0’s SSO feature allows users to log in once and use all applications they have been granted access to, regardless of whether or not it is through enterprise federation, social login, or username and password authentication.
    • Multi factor authentication (MFA): This feature gives you the ability to restrict access to sensitive resources. When moving into more restricted areas of applications, Auth0’s MFA allows you to require users to authenticate with a stronger authentication mechanism.
    • Actions: There are serverless developer tools to easily extend and customize Auth0. Auth0’s Actions is an extensibility platform that is designed to provide developers with more tools, and thus a better experience. Code is stored and runs on infrastructure owned and maintained by Auth0.
    • Machine to machine: The Auth0 platform simplifies communication between APIs and trusted services. WIth Auth0, you can enable secure access to your API from other internal or external non-interactive third party-apps with minimal configuration.
    • Passwordless: Auth0’s passwordless feature makes the authentication experience easy, and users don’t have to worry about reusing passwords across multiple sites, leaving your organization and your users more protected.

    Auth0 Benefits:

    • Security: Auth0 security allows the application to grant access rights to the user's resources on another service. Additionally, you can also give a limited set of access rights (instead of a full one) at will.
    • UI options: Auth0 provides the ability to use both built-in and custom UI. When developing your own iOS or Android application, you can choose either a native or browser-based login flow.
    • Auth0 Analytics: Auth0 makes it easy to track users in an application or on a website. With Auth0 Analytics, you can capture and measure specific events like the number of new and existing users, the number of users registered in each application, in-app login activity in the past year, the number of new registrations during the current day, and much more. Auth0 Analytics provides this data via visual graphs and offers the feature to filter reports to gain more accurate information.
    • Detailed documentation: Another benefit of Auth0 is that it includes detailed documentation and clear code examples in popular programming languages.
    • Built-in libraries: Auth0 offers several libraries with a large number of technologies.
    • Wide range of settings: With Auth0 you have the ability to choose from a variety of settings, and also have access to quality API.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    And Engineer Lead for SaaS Technology & Customer Success at a media company says, "The solution's overall flexibility and customizability were the chief factors for selecting it in the beginning. They still remain among the best reasons to use Auth0. The flexibility that you get, and what it's allowed us to do on top of it in terms of code, is key.”

    "It's a very powerful platform,” says Shlomi C., a System Architect at Skai. “It has the ability to do the usual stuff, according to modern protocols, like OIDC and OAuth 2. But the real benefit of using the platform comes from its flexibility to enhance it with rules and, now, with what they call authentication pipelines. That is the most significant feature, as it allows you to customize everything regarding the authentication and authorization process.”

    Jakub W., Principal Architect at a computer software company, says "The most important thing for me is compliance. Everything that they have developed in Auth0 is already certified by many regulators such as ISO. So, we do not need to take care of that. We have the shared responsibility model to share assets with other products we are using in the cloud.”

    For Siddhit R., Linux Platform Engineer at a tech services company, "The most valuable feature is that it is simple to integrate, irrespective of your codebase.”

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    Sample Customers
    Best Buy, Audi, Fox, IBM, Fiat, Honda
    JetPrivilege, Safari, Schneider Electric
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Company Size
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise6%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise33%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Akamai Identity Cloud is ranked 23rd in Single Sign-On (SSO) while Auth0 is ranked 3rd in Single Sign-On (SSO) with 3 reviews. Akamai Identity Cloud is rated 0.0, while Auth0 is rated 8.4. On the other hand, the top reviewer of Auth0 writes "Very easy to set up new SAML and SSO integrations with support for all IDPs including Okta and Azure". Akamai Identity Cloud is most compared with , whereas Auth0 is most compared with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD), Okta Workforce Identity, Frontegg, Amazon Cognito and OneLogin by One Identity.

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