After watching the OpenID community grow for years, I finally joined them. I’ve liked the idea from the first day I’ve read about it; aren’t we all tired, after all, of having to remember hundreds of usernames, passwords (sometimes with conflicting constraints: a password must have numbers, a password can’t have numbers)?
From OpenID’s web site:
OpenID means the elimination of multiple user names and passwords and a smoother, more secure, online experience. For businesses, this means a lower cost of password or account management, the opportunity for easier and higher numbers of new user registrations and the elimination of missed transactions because of user frustration with lost and forgotten passwords. OpenID allows for innovation in the authentication space beyond just using a password to “unlock” your OpenID identity, but the ability to strongly protect your OpenID and have that benefit move with you everywhere you go online.
For me, joining the revolution was very easy. First I open an account on MyOpenID, then I installed the OpenID Delegate WordPress Plugin in my wordpress blog so my OpenID address is, actually, pupeno.com. So even thought I’m using a third party service, if they disappear I just pick another one (or become my own OpenID provider) and go on using the same address, pupeno.com. Isn’t it great? There are many other OpenID providers and many sites already supporting OpenID.
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