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OpenID, another way to log in.

June 27th, 2008

We now support OpenID as a method of authentication on our site. I see that a number of folks are adopting it as their standard method of logging in, so I figured that I would make it easier for them. But, that’s as far as I support it. Don’t get me wrong. I want to know if you experience any problems with it on our site and will work to resolve them. What I mean is, I am not using it myself.

I really love the idea. It could solve a lot of the authentication issues that I have created for myself after using about 30 different username/password combinations and a number of email addresses @ different domains in the more than 10 years (more like 12+ now, but I still say 10+ for some odd reason) I’ve been in the computer industry and on the Internet. Every once in a while, I spend about 3 days trying to log in to a site that I haven’t visited in 2 years. That can be very annoying. If I only had one ID, it would save a lot of hassle.

It has some issues however. The linked article does tend to rely on FUD, but it is a concise list of the issues and a good starting point for those who are interested in them. I started to go into them here, but I decided that they have already been rehashed enough on various forums, web logs, and mailing lists.

There does seem to be a future for OpenID, and a good deal of the problems mentioned can be thwarted by being your own OpenID provider. I might re-investigate its usefulness at a later date. For now, I will leave it to the brave.

From OpenID.net:

How do I get an OpenID?

Surprise! You may already have one. If you use any of the following services, you already have your own OpenID:

AOL
openid.aol.com/screenname
Blogger
blogname.blogspot.com
Flickr
www.flickr.com/photos/username
LiveDoor
profile.livedoor.com/username
LiveJournal
username.livejournal.com
Orange (France Telecom)
http://openid.orange.fr/
SmugMug
username.smugmug.com
Technorati
technorati.com/people/technorati/username
Vox
member.vox.com
Yahoo
http://openid.yahoo.com
WordPress.com
username.wordpress.com

Find additional providers here!

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