Open ID

Being tech-savvy, smart and (statistically speaking) a good looking reader of this site, you will have no doubt heard of Open ID. Open ID was created to allow you to have just one ID which can beused on multiple websites meaning that you don’t need to remember lots of different user names and passwords. In the words of the site:

OpenID eliminates the need for multiple usernames across different websites, simplifying your online experience.

You get to choose the OpenID Provider that best meets your needs and most importantly that you trust. At the same time, your OpenID can stay with you, no matter which Provider you move to. And best of all, the OpenID technology is not proprietary and is completely free.

For businesses, this means a lower cost of password and account management, while drawing new web traffic. OpenID lowers user frustration by letting users have control of their login.

For geeks, OpenID is an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity. OpenID takes advantage of already existing internet technology (URI, HTTP, SSL, Diffie-Hellman) and realizes that people are already creating identities for themselves whether it be at their blog, photostream, profile page, etc. With OpenID you can easily transform one of these existing URIs into an account which can be used at sites which support OpenID logins.

OpenID is still in the adoption phase and is becoming more and more popular, as large organizations like AOL, Microsoft, Sun, Novell, etc. begin to accept and provide OpenIDs. Today it is estimated that there are over 160-million OpenID enabled URIs with nearly ten-thousand sites supporting OpenID logins.

So how does a single sign on affect us here and now? Well, if you browse down to the comments section (bottom of the page), just as you go to put in a witty, insightful comment you’ll see a small addition to the “website” field:

Put your Open ID into it (for example, <user ID>.pip.verisignlabs.com) and submit your comment. If you don’t have one and really want one, go to the information page How Do I Get One? and sign up with a provider of your choice. To make life even easier, once you have an Open ID and if you go via Verisign, get the Verisign Seatbelt Firefox Plugin which will autosign you in to the relevant enabled websites.

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Posted on 4 April, 2008, in Blogging/WordPress, Computer Stuff, Site News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Unfortunately the OpenID plugin didn’t play nice with the new Gravatar plugin and threw things out for people’s regular avatars, so I disabled it.

  2. You might want to ask Jeremy what he’s using on his blog for openID, if you’re interested in going down that road. I’ve always meant to ask him, but never got around to it.

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  3. Jeremy requests a log in so I suspect that he uses the same plugin but because he doesn’t use gravatars it has a different effect.

  4. OpenID is very nice. You can use a WordPress.com blog – like: curiouscat.wordpress.com. I use that for commenting on Blogger blogs.

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  5. It’s a great tool and I suspect that this sort of thing will increase in the future as sites try to lock themselves down as far as possible against spammers.

    And good to see another Linux user 🙂

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  6. I liked the idea of OpenID a lot. However, it seems now that on the sites I try to use it on, it never works right. Is this just me (or the sites I visit)?

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  7. Could just be the sites. I use the Open ID Seatbelt plugin for Firefox and that autocompletes the login field for me.

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