Relating to the mechanisms for user authentication and verification. There are many potential approaches to authentication on the salesforce platform.

Salesforce provides different authentication means depending on the cloud / platform.

Sales Cloud / Service Cloud offer the ability to do

  • username / password authentication
  • delegated authentication (credentials are sent to a 3rd party web service for validation)
  • SAML-based federation
  • OpenID Connect-based login / federation

Commerce Cloud offers the ability to integrate with Sales Cloud which in turn gives it the abilities aforementioned.

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