As more and more organizations making the shift to cloud-native technologies, Kubernetes has become the de facto choice to orchestrate container-based applications. As applications grow in size, the number of microservices increases and so does the data they process. Hence, handling data, especially sensitive data becomes critical. Out of the box, Kubernetes supports “Secrets” objects to store sensitive information — like passwords, tokens, ssh keys, and so on — securely.

Kubernetes secret eliminates the need to hard-code sensitive data in the application code. Secrets provide this sensitive information as data mount or expose them as environment variables.

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