I have a proxy, why do I need OpenAthens?

Our resource hub contains educational content around the three key issues around IP proxy access: time consuming, security, poor user experience.

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How we’re different to IP

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Access to online resources: a guide for the modern librarian

Our easy to read ebook explains the different access methods for online resources.

Read our ebook 'Access to online resources'
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IP vs OpenAthens guide

The world has moved on since we first accessed digital content via IP recognition. IP is no longer sustainable and more organisations are exploring alternatives. Our handy comparison guide explains the difference between IP and OpenAthens technology. 

IP vs OpenAthens guide
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Federated access increases resource usage

Our blog explains why a good user experience boosts resource usage and gives users secure, remote access to library resources.

Read our blog about federated access

Take the weight off your shoulders

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Excellent customer service

Speak to our technical experts instead of relying on online help forums. We’re super friendly and will help you with any queries you have. We do all the work of contacting resource providers for you.

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We love to integrate!

Are some of your vendors still using IP-based access? OpenAthens has it covered! Our single sign-on software integrates with our managed proxy solution. Everything your users need to access is in one place.

What we integrate with
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Super easy dashboard

Why waste time analysing complex log files for reporting and cases of misuse?

Manage all your users, resources and reports in our easy to use dashboard.

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The battle for greater security

Your IT teams will tell you that IP based access is not a secure way to provide access to resources.  During the pandemic, proxy solutions and VPNs simply could not cope with demand for remote access. That’s why more organizations are turning to single sign-on for a more secure and scalable cloud-based solution.

We provide some insights into why IP is not the most secure method of authentication.

IP vs single sign-on

Why OpenAthens is more secure than IP

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Security audit inspires Iowa State University library to stop using their proxy service

A security audit by Iowa State University’s IT department prompted the library to move from a proxy-based authentication method to OpenAthens, a SAML-based single sign-on identity management system that offers seamless access, a personalized research experience, and greater security.

Iowa State University case study
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Top university in Australia enhances user experience and maximizes security with OpenAthens

For many years, the University of Melbourne library used an IP-based proxy service to facilitate off-campus access. But the proxy service was more susceptible to security issues and responding to security issues was time-consuming and difficult for library staff.

University of Melbourne case study
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The College of Saint Rose replaces IP-based proxy service with OpenAthens to provide additional security and facilitate off-campus access

The College of Saint Rose library previously used an IP-based proxy service for off-campus access. After experiencing three security breaches in five years, library leaders looked for a more secure solution that offered built-in protections against account misuse.

College of Saint Rose case study
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How we support user experience

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How Georgetown University Medical Center rode the pandemic wave

Linda Van Keuren explains why her library moved from IP-based access to OpenAthens single sign-on. You’ll also hear about the experience of library users during the migration and global pandemic.

Georgetown University case study
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How Quest International University increased patron usage of library resources and patron engagement

Mohd Fazli bin Mat Doa, senior library officer at Quest International University explains how OpenAthens helped to drive up patron usage of resources and library engagement and what has changed for patrons during the pandemic.

Quest International University case study
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How East West University increased library patron usage

Shaharima Parvin is the assistant librarian at East West University in Bangladesh. Shaharima shares her experiences and observations of increased library usage and positive user feedback since moving away from IP-based access.

East West University case study
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Next steps

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