Wednesday, February 14, 2007

What is OpenID?

Here is an interesting technology that I came across. Its called OpenID, and it promises an open framework for user digital identification. This technology can benefit web site owners and visitors.

Below is a excerpt from the site:
"OpenID is an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity.

OpenID starts with the concept that anyone can identify themselves on the Internet the same way websites do-with a URI (also called a URL or web address). Since URIs are at the very core of Web architecture, they provide a solid foundation for user-centric identity.

The first piece of the OpenID framework is authentication -- how you prove ownership of a URI. Today, websites require usernames and passwords to login, which means that many people use the same password everywhere. With OpenID Authentication (see specs), your username is your URI, and your password (or other credentials) stays safely stored on your OpenID Provider (which you can run yourself, or use a third-party identity provider)."

Visit the site for more information or to find out how it works.
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