APIs can be powerful tools for software developers. You can expose parts of your product to users and partners without having to directly build new functionality. If a third party wants to make an application that scans your database and returns specific results, they can use your API to access your system without pulling away your development resources.
APIs can also be scary security vulnerabilities. Parts of your product may be exposed to virtually anyone who knows your endpoint without your oversight or permission. If someone wants to query a billion hits into your database and take your system down, they can do so without even asking.
How can you take advantage of APIs’ usefulness without exposing yourself to major risk? One way is to manage API access through authorization and authentication. In this blog, we’ll be talking about securing your API with OAuth, the open-source authorization protocol.