8 Moodle Authentication Plugins to Know for Secure Login

Moodle Authentication Plugins

Moodle platform is one of the few Learning Management Systems (LMSs) that comply with Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) for secure login.

You can login to Moodle LMS in two ways;

  1. Default Login from Moodle
  2. SSO Login for User Authentication

Default Login from Moodle

Moodle LMS provides a default login form, where you can self-register to access the platform. By default, the Moodle system is secure. However, for various reasons, corporates or organizations go for other secure login integrations to authenticate a visitor before giving access to the LMS.

Moodle Login

Some of the reasons to know are here: namely,

  • Course/Content security
  • Employee/Corporate data sensitivity
  • Data/Content restriction to specific groups in the company

So, that prompts the corporates or organizations to have the integration of authentication tools with their Moodle platform.

SSO Login for User Authentication

The acronym SSO stands for Single Sign-on (SSO). Using the SSO integration tools, the users can access multiple systems (or applications) using single credentials.

Moodle SSO integration

For instance, you want to access your Moodle LMS. But your company integrated the LMS with its HRMS. So, if you try with your Moodle logins, the site will redirect you to the SSO page to authenticate you. Once the authentication is done, then only you can access your Moodle.

This is what happens during the process; if the credentials you entered match those of HRMS, then you’ll be granted access to the system. Otherwise, you get a message like a User is not registered with us.

For more info on how we make Moodle SSO integration (or Moodle Single Sign-On API), talk to us today.

So, you have several Moodle authentication plugins for giving access to your LMS and other systems integrated into it.

A list of them follows as listed below:

  1. LDAP
  2. Azure AD
  3. OAuth2
  4. OpenID Connect
  5. SAML2 Single Sign-on
  6. User Key Authentication
  7. A2FA
  8. Unique Login

Let’s see each authentication tool one by one.

8 Moodle Authentication Plugins

The list of the tools provided above isn’t necessarily in the order of the most employed but those are mostly used for User Authentication.

By the way, eAbyas Info Solutions, a Moodle Partner for over a decade, does all these integrations for corporates. BizLMS, which is a corporate training LMS, is a testament to our technical prowess.

Now, let’s see the Moodle authentication plugins.

7 Moodle Authentication plugins

#1. LDAP

The LDAP acronym stands for Light-weight Directory Access Protocol. It’s a slim version of DAP. It’s a kind of internet protocol without which it’s not feasible to set networking between two systems.

The main usefulness of this application protocol is to maintain a distributed directory information of items in an organized way. That is to say that the LDAP stores data in the form of records with ‘Distinguished Name.’

Some significant features of this authentication plugin:

  • Synchronize users to inactivate or delete them after a set period of time from LDAP servers
  • Prevent users, who never logged in, to create Moodle accounts by themselves
  • Supports first logins through email just as Moodle core does
  • Use the plugin for any version of Moodle starting above 2.6

For Moodle LDAP sync set up (LDAP integration into Moodle), contact eAbyas Info Solutions today.

#2. Azure AD

Azure Active Directory works for any Moodle installation, not just for Windows Azure with Single Sign-on with Office 365.

How it works:

  • Take the code to generate the login URL as well as the settings from the block code
  • Integrate the code with your Moodle site front page for the integrated login experience

#3. Moodle OAuth2.0 (Open Authorization) 

OAuth2 is a framework that allows an end user’s information to share with third parties without revealing that data.

You get the OAuth2 plugin available in Moodle core from version 3.3 onward. For other versions, you need to get Moodle OAuth 2 separately.

How it works:

  • When you click on the Google button, you will be redirected to its page for authentication
  • You allow the site to know your basic info
  • In the redirection URL, there is a private token parameter
  • The plugin uses this token to access the info such as the email from Google servers
  • The plugin tries to match the user’s email with a Moodle account. If matched, the user will be given access. Otherwise, a new user is created.

#4. Moodle OpenID Connect

OpenID Connect is part of the Office suite 365 plugins for Moodle platform. However, it can be configurable for other OpenID Connect providers.

OpenID Connect for Moodle
Image Credits: Screenshot from Moodle

This plugin provides Single Sign-on (SSO) functionality.

How it works:

  • Existing users with Moodle accounts can switch to using this plugin for logging into Moodle
  • New users will have the accounts created for them
  • Users can disconnect from the OpenID Connect upon the administrator’s approval to go back to their previous login method, Username, and Password

It’s also available for Moodle versions above 3.0.

#5. SAML 2 Single Sign-On (Moodle SAML Authentication)

The acronym SAML stands for Security Assertion Mark-up Language (SAML). It’s an open standard that allows Identity Providers (IdP) to pass credentials to Service Providers to use services. That is to say, with one set of logins you can access multiple applications.

The Moodle SAML integration forms a link between the authentication of a user’s identity and his authorization to a service. In other words, the plugin provides two-factor authentication; the user’s authentication by verifying the credentials and authorizing the user to allow what application to access.

This Moodle authentication plugin (Moodle SAML Authentication) is safer and offers better controls for security to enterprises than the OAuth plugin.

How it works:

  • User logins using SSO to access Moodle
  • Moodle (service provider) sends back the user’s credentials to Identity Provider (IdP) for authentication
  • IdP sends back the communication to authorize the user
  • The user gets access to Moodle

#6. User Key Authentication

Using this authentication plugin, you get a one-time login URL for simple SSO access.

How it works:

  • User logins to his external web application to access Moodle through a web call to Moodle
  • Provides info to match with some of the fields with Moodle
  • A URL will be generated to access Moodle platform without typing his Username and Password

#7. A2FA (Another 2 Factor Authentication)

A2FA allows users to follow two-factor authentication – token and user credentials like User Name and Password. To generate tokens, this plugin uses Google’s authenticator app.

And it is available even to the latest Moodle versions 3.7.

A2FA Plugin for Moodle
Image Credits: Screenshot from Moodle

A2FA is a mobile-friendly plugin.

#8. Moodle Unique Login

Want to restrict your Moodle users to have more than one active session? And how do you authenticate that one of your Moodle users has only one active session?

Then you should have the ‘Unique Login’ Moodle authentication plugin.

  • The plugin is available for the Moodle versions starting from 3.0 and above
  • It is available in English, Spanish, and a couple of other languages. The translation is underway for some more international languages.

On how to install this Moodle plugin and all, visit Moodle plugins directory.

Moodle Authentication Method

Moodle ‘No Login’ 

Do you know you can suspend your users by ‘No login’ from your Moodle? Yes, you can!

And well, ‘No login’ isn’t an authentication tool for Moodle LMS. But it’s a Moodle authentication method. As a Moodle administrator, set a user account to suspension. That means, the user will be there on your Moodle, but his account gets suspended after the training.

Hence, users can’t access your Moodle by recreating an email account if ‘No login’ is enabled for user profiles.

Find authentication methods from users’ profiles to enable.

In conclusion, the Moodle platform incorporates the best and the latest security measures for super-safe access to the system. To get Moodle services for you, visit our eAbyas site today!