Web components are the new APIs
For a long time, it was rather quiet around web components. Currently, however, they are rising in popularity – even faster than APIs. The new login standard on the web, passkeys, is one technology that greatly benefits from web components, since the advantages of passkeys can be easily exploited with web components. We will explain why in the next post.
APIs have been around for quite some time and are getting constantly more attention in recent years. Programs today must be highly available, as error-free as possible and easy to maintain. For this reason, modularization – the main goal of APIs – is becoming increasingly popular. Investors also are eager to invest in models that leverage APIs, and many traditional SaaS providers now use API-first models. However, web components have also been around for a while now. For a long time, it was rather quiet around them and many already thought that they failed. However, recently they have become even more popular than APIs – we will explain why in the following article.
What are the main differences between web components and APIs?
The rise of web components
Currently,offer full support for web components. The exceptions are Internet Explorer 11 – which in turn is no longer supported by Microsoft– and Safari, as the browsers only partially support the web component standards. Ever since, the use of web components became even more attractive, as now not only the integration is easier, but also most browsers support these applications.
Why web components are the new APIs
Modern web development becomes more complex every day, and, now that the web platform and its standards are maturing, it makes more sense to use web components more intensively. They are becoming increasingly important in modern web development as they offer powerful tools for creating custom, reusable code components without the need for complex frameworks, saving them time and effort.
With all these benefits, web components are becoming an essential part of modern web development. Its ever-increasing popularity proves that they are here to stay – and the integration of a passkey login with web components is more attractive than one with APIs.
How to boost the benefits of passkeys with web components
One technology that benefits tremendously from web components are passkeys, the new login standard on the web, because the advantages of passkeys can quickly be leveraged with web components:
- Increased security in authentication:
To achieve a high level of security, passkeys use public-key cryptography, making them highly resistant to phishing and theft. As passkeys eliminate passwords as a point of failure, only the code remains as a possible point of attack for hackers. Web components are designed to be self-contained, which means that the code is isolated from other resources and makes it difficult for attackers to exploit. The integration of a passkey login with web components thus provides numerous layers of security that make authentication extremely robust against attacks.
- Reduced development time and costs for integration into existing systems:
Developers can use web components to create custom login pages quickly, reducing the need for custom coding or API integration. If companies do not yet have a passkey login on their website, developers can easily integrate one into existing systems using web components. Especially if companies would like to test passkeys first and do not yet want to invest large development resources, an integration with web component is an attractive option: developers neither have to change anything in their existing systems nor write new code. Thus, the development time can be reduced enormously.
- Improved performance to allow quick authentication:
Passkeys are a password replacement that provides faster and easier login to websites and apps across users’ devices, as they do not have to remember and type in a password anymore. To make logging in to a website or app an even faster and smoother process, page load times can also be accelerated: web components are designed to be reusable and can be easily shared across different websites, resulting in faster page load times.
- Improved user experience:
On one side, passkeys allow users to access a system without creating another password, reducing the login effort and improving the user experience. Making use of biometric data for authentication, passkeys are the most user friendly passwordless authentication solution today. On the other side, web components can be easily customized to meet specific user requirements and preferences, providing an even more tailored user experience. A very effortless and fast login using passkeys accompanied by further customized options through web components ensures the optimal customer experience when logging in to a website or app.
Corbado offers passkeys-as-a-service
Because of these advantages, Corbado offers a web component for the integration of passkeys. Developers can easily embed it into their existing systems with just a few lines of code:
<script defer src="https://<CNAME>/auth.js"></script>
<!-- Your website content -->
<corbado-auth endpoint="https://<CNAME>" conditional="yes">
<input name="username" id="corbado-username" value=""
required autocomplete="webauthn" autofocus/>
<!-- Your website content -->
Authentication is no longer just a security issue. Especially with passkeys the user experience is becoming more and more important. Therefore, Corbado is focusing on user experience and product intelligence, which can be most easily provided by web components:
Passkeys are not a pure backend technology that can be easily covered with an API – rather, the frontend or user experience always plays a major role in the integration of passkeys. It is extremely important what the users experience, independently of the device, browser and operating system they use Since it is very complex to query all this via API, Corbado makes it as easy as possible and "hides" these queries in a web component.
The complete login process is covered in the web component, including password(less) fallback, as well as risk-based authentication, SSO and social logins. This means that the implementation effort remains minimal despite covering the complex process.
Internally, the web component uses Corbado’s own API, which each customer can of course also use independently (– however, the integration would take more time with APIs). Unlike other authentication providers, Corbado's solution allows the customer to use the web component and API in parallel and synchronize everything with the customer's existing backend systems bi-directionally.
Corbado's goal is to keep the promise that anyone can quickly and easily upgrade to passkeys and does not have to worry about the countless cross-device and cross-platform issues that passkeys involve. That is why Corbado has pre-built web components to offer passkeys-as-a-service today.
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