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Beyond PSD2 for a Better Open Banking Expereince

PSD2 is acting as a catalyst in the digital transformation happening in the Banking industry. While meeting the compliance requirements of PSD2, financial institutes are excited to make use of the new business models and opportunities opened by this laid foundation. More the customers and partners we can reach, more the business activities and more the revenue. Making the banking functions more accessible and reactive will be a key enabler to provide a seamless experience to these parties, including internal banking staff whom directly affects the business efficiency.
IAM plays a critical role in improving business accessibility without compromising the system boundaries. PSD2 mandates strong customer authentication(SCA), setting the bar high for user authenticity, while keeping few exemptions, not to bother payment services user(PSU) with SCA for every little transactions. While adhering to this policy will make an institute PSD2 complaint, if they can react fast to the fraud rates…

Invoking APIs using a Web App with OAuth2 and use of JWT - WSO2 API Manager

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In this post I am to share my experience and understandings using WSO2 API Manager(API-M) for a very common and useful scenario in the industry. 
In brief following is the flow.

An API is exposed for app developers to be used under the control of API Manager (which adds access control for the API). Then app developers make their apps consuming those APIs. After development and testing is completed they make it available for end users at App store. The end users can then get registered in the store and use the apps with own credentials. The app will provide the desired services calling the APIs it has subscribed to.

The above scenario is well demonstrated in WSO2 API-M with the pizza shack example explained in the documentation at [1].




For clarity I will be including the steps in brief. For detailed steps we can refer documentation at [1]. 
API Developer Role We deploy the back-end services related to 'pizza ordering' in WSO2-Application server or any other desired application …

How to send an HTML email in Java (Using Google SMTP Server)

In most of the business services sometimes there comes requirements to send notifications to users or administrators via email.

For example :
Confirming a user registrationPassword reset via emails Following code segments can be used to send these emails using Google SMTP server. Here I am sharing two ways to do it.  Using javax.mail.jar directlyUsing Apache commons email jar which wraps javax.mail  Using javax.mail
try { Properties props = new Properties(); props.put("mail.smtp.host", "smtp.gmail.com"); props.put("mail.smtp.auth", "true"); props.put("mail.debug", "false"); props.put("mail.smtp.ssl.enable", "true"); Session session = Session.getInstance(props, new EmailAuth()); Message msg = new MimeMessage(session); InternetAddress from = new InternetAddress("sendersEmailAddress", "Sender's n…