The Web API Authentication guide

As a web developer, you have various choices regarding API authentication. This guide aims to provide you with a high-level overview of the six most used schemes. Inside, you will find a cheatsheet to help you choose.

The Web API Authentication guide, TLS Client Certificates

TLS mutual authentication doubles down on HTTPS. Using this scheme your clients’ identity is proved by presenting certificates and proving ownership of a private key. This is a very potent tool and also a tradeoff.

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Introducing The Glossary

The Glossary describes common security jargon, phrases, abbreviations , and concepts succinctly and in a way that makes sense to you.

The Web API Authentication guide, Signature Schemes

HTTP signature schemes provide integrity and authenticity on the application layer. Using them increase security but also incurs complexity.

The Web API Authentication guide, Bearer tokens

Lots of modern web application utilize bearer tokens. They are ideal for backend integration, but can also be used on the frontend.