Amazon Cognito Reviews

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December 05, 2020
Miguel Angel Merino Vega | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We use cognito to manage user sign in and authentication for our projects built on AWS architecture. Usually our clients need strong and reliable authentication features implying federated entities like Facebook across a software ecosystem.
  • Has good synergy with AWS ecosystem
  • Reliable sign-in features
  • Building a gateway Cognito User pool authorizer
  • Learning curve and documentation
  • Android SDK implementation
If you are working strongly with AWS technologies, Cognito is the way to go. On the other hand, if you work strongly with mobile technologies and federated identities, you could prefer firebase.
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September 18, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We wanted to add user profiles to an existing SaaS app. We wanted all of the things that folks dream of, of course: It should be quick to implement, it should be stable and secure, and it should integrate well with our other services, and it should be extensible. Cognito turned out to be a dream. We used it to build the initial login page (supporting password auth and well as OAuth), and it handled all of that complexity for us very easily. We wanted users to be able to fill out "profile pages," and Cognito came built-in with extensible profile fields that we could populate without needing to add additional services, and we wanted to grant users access to some of our AWS microservices, and this was a very easy configuration in AWS, again without the need for any additional components. Amazon Cognito provided a complete Login and User Profile solution for our SaaS app.
  • Strong integration with React.js and client-side applications
  • Easy to bridge Cognito identities with the rest of the AWS ecosystem
  • Easy to store user profile data directly in Cognito rather than having to build additional services/endpoints
  • Easy integration with AWS Lambda to extend and add sophistication to the service
  • Cognito, as with all AWS tools, feels like strange alien technology and it takes some time to understand why it exists and what needs it serves. If they called it the "Amazon User Profile and Sign-In Service" they might have greater adoption.
  • More examples are always good, especially around using Lambdas to query or extend the Cognito data store.
If you're already using AWS, there's no reason why you should implement your own password authentication or OAuth flows when you can use Cognito instead. It solves that work for you astoundingly well. You might be tempted by a tool like Okta for OAuth flows, but unless you already have a hard dependency on it then you should go with Cognito instead. It's much lighter weight, and it's much more pleasant to extend it with lambdas.

If you don't have any AWS in your stack, or it's very very important to you to stay platform-independent for your login flows, then those are reasons to avoid Cognito.
AWS Support overall is poor. Your main resources are trainings and the docs, and the docs can be very confusing. Using Cognito well involves having a developer learn it deeply and help support your team in understanding it. That said, Cognito's competitors also have dismal support and even worse documentation, so while this isn't a strength for Cognito it may still be the frontrunner here.
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September 16, 2020
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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We are moving to Cognito for our public websites. We used to have our own solution but moving to AWS put Cognito into the picture. Tests have been very good so we are now implementing it. As we potentially have millions of logins, AWS allows us to scale easily without any issues.
  • Easy to use and administer User Manager
  • Even easier to use for our clients
  • Setting it up is relatively easy
  • There is a learning curve for using it
Being in the AWS ecosystem makes Cognito a strong contender. We needed a kind of user manager for our public websites after moving to AWS. Cognito is the service suitable for this and it does fulfill our requirements. Though we are still in the process of moving, the tests are going great.
Community support is excellent, many times even better and quicker then the offical AWS support. I really cannot recommend community support enough! Apart from that the service is relativily easy to use and does not have a huge learning curve. Examples are easy to follow and will help you start using the service.
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March 24, 2020
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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We use Amazon Cognito for authentication purposes for mobile and web applications. It is used locally within our department. Being a service company, when our customers ask for other mechanisms, we adapt to them as well. We solve the sign-up and sign-in of the mobile and web application via Amazon Cognito.
  • It is really easy to set up signup and sign-in for mobile and web applications which makes overall development faster, helps focus more on business.
  • It supports multi factor authentication and standard encryption algorithm. This helps tighten the security without investing a lot of time.
  • It supports access management via Oauth 2.0 which makes authorization job easy.
  • User can use Google, Facebook and Microsoft AD services for sign-in purpose helps reducing user efforts to register or signup within the application.
  • As such I do not find any major things as cons. However they can improve the documentation.
  • Sometimes additional customisation increases complexity. Most of those advanced features are not used frequently.
This is a plug and play kind of service for sign-in, signup and access control. As this is a managed service, one need not take care of scale and other infrastructure issues. When the user scale is to a large extent or special compliance like HIPAA required, this one is worth trying. For a smaller user base, I prefer to go with the traditional approach.
It is easy to configure, scale and integrate. However, the documentation is a bit confusing. Summing them up, I will go for 8 out of 10.
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January 17, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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The engineering and data science teams at my organization use Amazon Cognito to provide user sign-up and sign-in for some internal tools that need to be accessible to digital freelancers. Amazon Cognito saves us time that we would have spent building user sign-in and is much more fully-featured than what we would have been able to justify building.
  • Amazon Cognito allows you to build multi-factor authentication with a few clicks.
  • Cognito supports sign-in with social identity providers like Facebook and Google.
  • It is easy to manage Cognito users through the Console.
  • It is easy to customize sign-up and sign-in workflows by integrating with AWS Lambda.
  • Amazon Cognito has a bit of a learning curve. You need to learn its concepts and terminology. The documentation does not describe some topics comprehensively.
  • Some Console screens would benefit from improved search and filtering options.
  • When another AWS product (e.g., SageMaker) configures Cognito on your behalf, it is not clear what you're getting. For example, the expiration of a temporary password was configured but never communicated.
Amazon Cognito is great for small, internal tools and for integrating with Amazon's serverless products. I would review its features very carefully if I were considering it for a larger, public-facing application because I believe that migrating off of Cognito would be problematic. Cognito is great for internal tools; for example, it has allowed our data scientists to build annotation tools with managed user pools without requiring engineering support.
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March 07, 2018
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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In our organization, we help customers who are currently using AWS Cognito. There are many Enterprise clients of ours who use Amazon Cognito. It's an amazing product I would say. The main business problem for us is while integrating the client applications, we need to decide how to integrate our application with other services like Gmail, Linkedin,...etc. For this purpose, Amazon Cognito does a great job with their SDK.
  • Can easily manage the users.
  • Very good UI design helps manage the users list efficiently.
  • Security groups and roles provides very efficient security.
  • Maybe they can improve more on the grouping part.
  • All the users come under the same Cognito User Pool. If the IAM can be restricted to per group level of User Pools, then that would be really helpful.
It's well suited for quick start of application, which needs to be integrated with multiple other applications. It may be not suited for applications which are already using high security in place, meaning if customers are already using OAuth, then I don't think this would be an effective solution.
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What is Amazon Cognito?

Amazon Cognito is a mobile identity product that allows users to add user sign-up and sign-in to mobile and web apps, and authenticate users through social identity providers.

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