Session Details

JWTs Aren't So Great  

Level :
Intermediate
Date :
10:15 AM Sunday
Room :
Fireside B
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Presentation

JSON Web Tokens (JWTs) are all the rage in the security world. They’re becoming more and more ubiquitous in web authentication libraries, and are commonly used to store a user’s identity information.

In this talk, Randall Degges, Developer Advocate at Okta, will walk you through web authentication from the ground up, explaining how it works both with and without JWTs. Along the way you’ll learn why JWTs aren’t as great as you might hear, and learn about better ways to speed up web authentication for your web applications.

Through this talk, you’ll learn:

- How web authentication works.
- How HTTP sessions and cookies store information.
- How JWTs work.
- How JWTs are commonly used in authentication libraries and tools.
- Why JWTs are so popular.
- Why JWTs aren’t the right solution for most web applications.

The Speaker(s)

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Randall Degges

Randall Degges leads Developer Advocacy at Okta and is a prominent Pythonista. Prior to joining Okta, he founded and built OpenCNAM, the largest Caller ID API service in North America. He has been actively involved in Open Source for more than 10 years, and has built a variety of projects used by thousands of developers. He has also authored a book on Heroku, and frequently writes on his personal site.
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