OpenID allows you to
authenticate yourself to sites that support OpenID without having
to remember or maintain dozens of separate logins. It's basically meant
for blogging sites that require authentication for leaving comments (such
as LiveJournal), but should be
made to work on any site.
The main advantages over other methods, such as
Microsoft's Passport, are that it
is open, distributed and not under the control of a single entity.
Doesn't look like it will be easy to setup on your own site, but I'll
give it a try. These days, I let
Firefox store all
my authentication data, but when using different systems or after system
cleanups, I have to try to find out what username/password I had entered
which is tedious and time-consuming. There really is a need for a simpler,
more global mechanism and OpenID might be it.
Posted at 04:03am PKT
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