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Mozilla Offers Alternative To OpenID 105

Posted by timothy
from the none-shall-pass dept.
Orome1 writes "Mozilla has been working for a while now on a new browser-based system for identifying and authenticating users it calls BrowserID, but it's only this month that all of its sites have finally been outfitted with the technology. Mozilla aims for BrowserID to become a more secure alternative to OpenID, the decentralized authentication system offered to users of popular sites such as Google, Yahoo!, PayPal, MySpace and others."
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Mozilla Offers Alternative To OpenID

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  • Enigform (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 21, 2012 @08:33AM (#38773450)
    Still more interesting (OpenPGP + HTTP + session management)
  • by cdrnet (1582149) on Saturday January 21, 2012 @09:50AM (#38773812)

    An email address is exactly what I do NOT want to provide to every second website where I just need some simple customization/profile. And where I do provide an email address, I always use a unique address (essentially allows me both automatic organization into folders but also to get less than 1-2 spam mail per year, simplify by blacklisting aliases which either leaked or obviously have been sold to some spammer (happens usually about a year after some web service/sites shuts down)). This works very well with OpenID, at least with decent neutral providers.

    But then I guess BrowserID does not primarily target tech people...

  • by Lazy Jones (8403) on Saturday January 21, 2012 @11:18AM (#38774336) Homepage Journal
    Seriously, what are they thinking? HTML5 support in FF is absymal (how hard is it to implement sliders a.k.a. input type=range?), memory consumption is ridiculously high (despite all claims to the contrary), who cares about the Nth alternative for a solved problem? After they retardedly jumped 5 major version numbers in 6 months without any important changes and lost a big chunk of the market, they should slowly get their act together...
  • by shish (588640) on Saturday January 21, 2012 @11:31AM (#38774418) Homepage

    a new browser-based system

    The only problem I have with OpenID is that it's so web-centric it's a pain in the ass to implement for native apps. Could we please have a distributed ID system that *can* use a web browser, but doesn't *require* one?

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