In meteorology, an okta is a unit of measurement used to describe the amount of cloud cover at any given location such as a weather station. Sky conditions are estimated in terms of how many eighths of the sky are covered in cloud, ranging from 0 oktas (completely clear sky) through to 8 oktas (completely overcast). In addition, in the SYNOP code there is an extra cloud cover indicator '9' indicating that the sky is totally obscured (i.e. hidden from view), usually due to dense fog or heavy snow.

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  • Building local or social login in Node can be simple with Passport.js. There are over 500 strategies already built that make it easy to wire up identity providers. But what do you do if your identity provider doesn’t already have a pre-built strategy? Do you have to build all that stuff yourself? Absolutely not! You can use generic strategies for Passport.js that make it easy to use your provider ...

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  • Selections from the top news items this week in the world of identity and application security. Bitcoin Hype Aside Blockchain For The 'Public Good' Comes To The Rescue From Forbes: Projects like Substratum, a U.S.-based software development firm that has architected, developed and deployed software solutions for Fortune 100 companies such as Apple, Disney Facebook and HP amongst others, and the De...

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  • Spring Boot has experienced massive adoption over the last several years. For Spring users, it offers a breath of fresh air, where they don’t have to worry about how things are configured if they’re comfortable with defaults. The Spring Boot ecosystem is filled with a wealth of what they call starters. Starters are bundles of dependencies that autoconfigure themselves to work as a developer might ...

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  • Building on our recent success of the new Trust Dashboard, Okta continues to expand transparency to customers with the release of the Okta Product Roadmap, now Generally Available to all. We received feedback from customers and non-customers alike, that it was difficult to keep track of our near-term roadmap to help them anticipate forthcoming feature and product releases. At Oktane17, we announce...

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  • Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is the most reliable way to ensure the security of your users’ PII (personally identifiable information), and with Okta it’s easier than ever to implement in your application! Why is MFA super-secure? It’s simple: While a user may have a terrible password, many additional factors are inherently immutable. Some common second factors of authentication include a text...

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  • In 2004 President George W. Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD 12) that mandated all federal employees and contractors to be given a common identification card that can be used anywhere and everywhere. Acting upon this directive, the Information Technology Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) -- working in conjunction with private indus...

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  • The authorization model in ASP.NET Core got a significant overhaul with the introduction of policy-based authorization. Authorization now uses requirements and handlers, which are decoupled from your controllers and loosely coupled to your data models. The result is a more modular, more testable authorization framework that fits into the modern ASP.NET Core approach nicely. If you’ve built a web ...

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  • Okta is committed to working women and men at all stages of their careers, especially during the life-changing event of having kids. This year, the Women @ Okta employee resource group is celebrating Mother’s Day by highlighting a few of the special families that make up our Okta community—and also rolling out a new program for parents returning to work. Welcome Back Program Between late-night dia...

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  • Selections from the top news items this week in the world of identity and application security. Twitter advising all 330 million users to change passwords after bug exposed them in plain text From The Verge: Twitter is urging all of its more than 330 million users to immediately change their passwords after a bug exposed them in plain text. While Twitter’s investigation showed that there was no ev...

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  • Some people are unaware that the late visionary Steve Jobs was actually a college dropout and went through a time where he despaired that he lacked any direction in his life. He once gave an incredible commencement address about how pivotal life events can be viewed as a series of connected dots. Hindsight is always 20/20 and, looking back, it is easy to see how the decisions and paths we chose le...

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  • With the rise in both the number and sophistication of today’s security threats, the benefits of multi-factor authentication (MFA) have become widely recognized, leading to increased adoption across  enterprise and consumer apps . From a security standpoint, this is all good news. We know that passwords alone are not enough to secure your data, and that having at least a second factor is critical....

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  • Angular 6 is now available and it’s not a drop-in replacement for Angular 5. If you’ve been developing with Angular since Angular 2, you likely remember that it wasn’t too difficult to upgrade to Angular 4 or Angular 5. In most projects, you could change the version numbers in your package.json and you were on your way. In fact, the most significant change I remember in the last couple of years w...

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  • The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is proposing a new policy to address Federal agencies’ implementation of Identity, Credential, and Access Management, and earlier this month asked for public comments on the policy draft. Tim McIntyre, our associate general counsel and data protection officer, submitted the below comment to the Federal CIO and OMB last week—supporting the propo...

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  • As recently as seven short years ago, building video applications on the web was a massive pain. Remember the days of using Flash and proprietary codecs (which often required licensing)? Yuck. In the last few years, video chat technology has dramatically improved and Flash is no longer required. Today, the video chat landscape is much simpler thanks to WebRTC: an open source project built and mai...

Okta, Inc.
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  • Selections from the top news items this week in the world of identity and application security. Twitter advising all 330 million users to change passwords after bug exposed them in plain text From The Verge: Twitter is urging all of its more than 330 million users to immediately change their passwords after a bug exposed them in plain text. While Twitter’s investigation showed that there was no ev...

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  • Our customers are doing incredible things and we love to celebrate their achievements. By far the best opportunity to meet and learn from our customers is at Oktane. Highlighting the individuals and companies around the world truly makes Oktane special. We want to go beyond telling you how valuable our customers are, we want to show you. The Oktane Awards allow us to recognize and reward the inno...

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  • Today’s teams get the job done from wherever they need to and on whichever device they prefer. Their workplace may be within the traditional office environment, but it can also be at home, in a coffee shop, at a client site, or even a combination of these on any given day. The range of endpoints teams use—whether a laptop, a tablet, a mobile phone, or even someone else’s device—only adds further c...

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  • Writing apps with Spring Boot and Ionic (which is built on Angular) can be fun because both frameworks offer a good developer experience (DX). You change a file, save it, and the app automatically reloads with your changes. This feature is often called hot-reload and it’s a blissful way to develop. It’s so nice, it can cause you to forget about automating your tests. I’ll admit, writing tests is ...

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  • We all know being educated on the software you use is critical to success, but you’re probably not jumping out of your seat to get signed up for a five-day, online training. But before you roll your eyes, you’ll want to get to know our brilliant and always-entertaining Okta instructors, and Jim Mollé, senior technical instructor, is no exception. Read on to get a taste of a day in his life and the...

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