Auth & identity
October 3, 2023
Author: Stytch Team
Auth0 is a popular auth provider offering numerous authentication methods and access management features.
Founded in 2013, Auth0 became a popular user authentication choice over the past decade. Since being acquired by Okta in 2021, however, many developers have grown frustrated with the platform.
There are several factors that spur developers to search for Auth0 alternatives.
Auth0’s Universal Login offers few customization options and requires a redirect to their domain, affecting user experience and lowering conversion rates.
Their authentication logic also doesn’t sit within your application’s backend, which results in a heavy reliance on Auth0’s Actions. But because actions don’t easily allow for a lot of the things developers want to do, they end up having to write a lot of extra code to get their auth flow to function the way they want.
Auth0’s fraud detection is basic, so depending on the sophistication of bot attacks your app faces, an additional security vendor might be necessary. This increases complexity and costs.
Auth0’s approach to B2B multi-tenancy is not comprehensive, posing challenges for complex, scalable authentication needs. Based on a user-first rather than an organization-first data model, Auth0’s single sign on design makes it difficult to manage the growing enterprise requests for bespoke, org-specific auth settings as you scale.
Since its acquisition by Okta, Auth0’s pricing has continuously increased, becoming a growing concern for cost-sensitive businesses. There is also often a significant price jump to their enterprise plan, posing a challenge for growing businesses.
Auth0 lacks conversion-focused, B2C features like Google One-Tap and WhatsApp OTP. Their user-first B2B data model, as mentioned above, also means you’ll likely need to spend time building enterprise-level customization features on top of your Auth0 integration.
Depending on your team’s use case, there are two types of authentication providers to consider.
Managed services, like Stytch or Auth0, come with built-in best practices that save developer time and increase security.
By taking care of features like multi-factor authentication and fraud detection, managed services allow developers to focus on their core product while passively benefiting from compliance readiness and ongoing updates.
Open source identity and access management solutions like Keycloak allow developers to self-host their own auth solution. Although well-priced and fully-featured, the developer lift is heftier as you’ll need to bring your own database and manage ongoing provider updates.
Below we’ve gathered four of the best alternatives to Auth0 (note: these are all managed services).
Stytch is a developer-focused customer identity and access management platform. Our infrastructure, fraud/risk suite, and account takeover-resistant authentication enable your company to build and manage secure access for B2C and B2B user management use cases.
As an identity and access management solution designed for both startup and enterprise, we offer scalable user management for businesses at all stages.
Whether you need passwordless authentication, social logins, multi factor authentication, single sign on multi-tenancy controls, or a more bespoke auth flow, Stytch’s SDKs and API can be used alone or alongside Device Fingerprinting that provides fine-grained traffic shaping and bot mitigation.
Because we’ve built our data models organization-first, it’s easy to customize single sign on requirements and flows on an organization-by-organization basis, as can be seen below.
If you’re looking for an expertly-designed auth and fraud platform, Stytch is an excellent Auth0 alternative. Check out our Stytch vs. Auth0 side-by-side for feature comparisons.
Amazon Cognito provides identity services for applications hosted on the AWS ecosystem. It offers functionalities like user registration, authentication, and user data synchronization across devices. As an AWS offering, Cognito seamlessly integrates with other AWS services, offering a unified solution for developers deeply invested in the AWS stack.
Although both Amazon Cognito and Auth0 offer robust solutions for managing user identity, the choice between the two often boils down to the specific needs of your application and your investment in the AWS ecosystem. Auth0 offers greater flexibility and specialized fraud detection tools, whereas Amazon Cognito excels in scalability and AWS integration.
Firebase Authentication is part of Google’s Firebase platform, a suite of services designed to help build mobile and web applications. Firebase Authentication aims to make it easier to add secure sign-in features to your web and mobile applications too, supporting a variety of standard identity providers like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as email/password and phone number authentication.
Firebase Authentication is an excellent choice for projects that benefit from its simplicity, client-side focus, and integration with other Firebase services. However, Auth0 offers more depth in customization, enterprise features, and server-side capabilities.
Your choice between Firebase Authentication and Auth0 will depend on your specific needs, whether you prioritize ease of use and client-side features, or require more complex, customizable authentication solutions. Understanding the unique selling points of each will help you make an informed decision on an access management solution that aligns with your application’s requirements.
Ping Identity is an enterprise-focused identity management solution that offers single sign on, multi factor authentication, and API security among other features. It’s designed to offer a secure, seamless experience for both internal and external users, bridging the gap between various application types including legacy, cloud, and hybrid applications.
Ping Identity is an identity and access management solution that caters to large organizations with identity governance, compliance, and single sign on requirements.
If you are a smaller company that doesn’t require an enterprise-level, robust solution, however, you’re better off choosing a developer-focused identity platform that can be quickly and easily integrated.
When evaluating authentication providers ten years ago, Auth0 was the default choice. But today, developers have more customer identity and access management providers to choose from.
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