Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 2nd Oct 2009 19:42 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

Our identities online are becoming ever more valuable to the companies that we entrust them to. What happens though when a company just ups and closes shop (Pownce, for example) and deletes your stuff? Sure, the individual files you'll have on your computer anyway, you won't have lost anything as far as bits and bytes are concerned--but what about friendships you've built up with people who you only know through the service. Your data should be portable so that you can take it to any service and not lose those relationships that you've built up in one walled-garden when it collapses, or you decide to move on. OpenID tries to solve this brand-centric problem by placing you at the centre of your data and allowing the sites you trust access through a single sign-on. OSnews is contemplating implementing OpenID and would like your feedback, but there are a few questions to consider--please read on for details

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by Meor on Fri 2nd Oct 2009 20:35 UTC
Meor
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2006-09-29

1. Do you already have an OpenID account?
Yes.
2. Do you make use of your OpenID account?
I use it whenever I can whenever a site offers it.
3. Would you welcome OSnews offering an OpenID login option?
Yes, it would be great.
4. Should OSnews be an OpenID provider?
I wouldn't make use of this, I use Verisign for my OpenID provider.
5. Is owning your own identity important to you?
I like the ability to log in to a site safely and automatically in the background instead of bringing up my password safe constantly.
6. What should OSnews let you do with your data?
It seems like anything you would normally be able to do with your account you should be able to do with OpenID.

I like OpenID because it's a great step toward secure token authentication. Verisign, and I'm sure others, offers security token login for your OpenID account.

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