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April 18th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I have experimenting for the past few weeks with the OpenID platform. I love the concept in theory, one secure set of credentials to use on the web to avoid having 50 different log ins and passwords. OpenID avoids the typical holdup problems associated with these efforts by not centrally administering the credentials, but rather represents a group of standards that are then implemented by several providers. The other captive alternative to this involves signing up for a one-stop shop for web needs. Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft are all vying for that title today.  Facebook’s open API is another interesting twist on this space. Non-internet based password managers, like the Firefox password manager also solve this problem in a machine specific way.

A few weeks ago I signed up with Claim ID, and began attempting to use my credentials to work on a few websites. The first place I tried was at wordpress, an Open ID supporter, and the source of the template for my blog. After a few hours of frustration, I gave up and tried using my OpenID at a variety of other locations.

Long story short, I have yet to successfully use my OpenID in the real world. It either hangs up, claims the account doesn’t exist, or is not supported by the web-applications I like to use. I am sure this is all due to user error. But if I can’t figure this out, how is the target audience of people unable to keep up with their user names and passwords supposed to?

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Marco Barulli // Apr 19, 2008 at 8:25 am

    to solve your problem you could try Clipperz, a a web based, open source, and free solution for password management.

    You can think of Clipperz as your digital Rolodex, a card index where you can enter any sort of confidential data without worrying about security.

    It can be used to store and freely organize passwords, confidential notes, burglar alarm codes, credit and debit card details, PINs, software keys, …

    Clipperz lets you submit confidential information into your browser, but your data are locally encrypted by the browser itself before being uploaded to the server. And the key for the encryption processes is a passphrase known only to you!

    Using Clipperz you get 1-click login from any computer and it works offline too!

    Give it a try, thanks,

    Clipperz co-founder

  • 2 autoscale per traslochi // Nov 26, 2013 at 4:41 am

    I love the concept of the OpenID platform and i think this is a useful article about it, thank you for posting

  • 3 Portierato Bari // Oct 14, 2014 at 2:21 am

    OpenID avoids a lot of typical holdup problems and is a smart way to avoid having lots of log ins and passwords.
    Nice article.

  • 4 Stasera in TV // Jun 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    how much has changed in the meantime…

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