The Difference Between Authorization & Authentication

Authentication vs Authorization

Both words look similar, sound similar, and even can both be abbreviated as “Auth”. However it is a common misunderstanding that these words can be used interchangeably. Heck, even I thought so when I was first learning about the two, and it took me so long to sort the differences out in my head that I decided to write this blog to help others in a similar situation.

OAuth Stands for Open Authorization

Yes, of the two “Auths” it actually is the second step in our top secret lab scenario. OAuth was built as a system where clients verified they have permission to perform whatever task is secured behind the OAuth wall that they are trying to pass through.

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