Posts Tagged: API key

3 Common Methods of API Authentication Explained

APIs handle enormous amounts of data of a widely varying type – accordingly, one of the chief concerns of any data provider is how specifically to secure this data. The idea that data should be secret, that it should be unchanged, and that it should be available for manipulation is key to any conversation on API data management and handling. Read more

The Easiest Way to Generate API Documentation

The Easiest Ways to Generate API Documentation

Whether you’re a startup developing your first API or an established player in the API economy, the truth is becoming steadily more apparent; providing quality API documentation is vital to the success of an API initiative. API documentation is an important part of the product offering, delivering affordances to the developer community to help them understand exactly what an API offers and how to use it. Read more

Token Design for a Better API Architecture

Little details like tokens can sometimes help structure complex API architectures. In this piece we’re going to have a look at different architectures, and ultimately see how a better way to design tokens can lead to a more performant result.

Consider the role of tokens within two facets of API design, access control and data stability. Read more

API Keys ≠ Security: Why API Keys Are Not Enough

We’re all accustomed to using usernames and passwords for hundreds of online accounts — but if not managed correctly, using passwords can become a major distraction, and a potential security vulnerability. The same is true in the API space. There’s nothing inherently wrong with usernames — you need those. Read more