Account Linking: Articles on Account Linking and Authentication

Supply and demand! The Internet’s proven to be a social juggernaut in the past few years, with countless places for users to discuss and share ideas. An emerging business dilemma is that there are so many new sites each week that some people are getting tired of creating new accounts for them all. The demand for a single sign-on future is huge, and many competitors are scrambling to offer the desired supply of tools to meet users’ needs.

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With Facebook joining the OpenID Foundation, and more and more websites integrating their services with other third-party websites via oAuth and OpenID, its quite obvious the future of the web is relying on these authorization technologies to provide a fluid end user experience. However, in order to understand exactly how this will impact end users, site owners, and content creators, first we have to explore exactly what these technologies do.

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Across all fields of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire private information by a user pretending to be someone they're not. While the digital world continues to change at a fast pace, so do the tactics to exploit security weaknesses, with new electronic communication threats appearing everyday. As OpenID restructures the way in which millions transfer data online, a wave of new phishing dangers exist.

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This is second article of a two part series. Read Part 1: Inception to Implementation

Part 2: A Review of Instant Personalization’s Implementation

The first thing users will notice about nearly all of the Instant Personalization-privileged websites is that they let users know they’re being Instantly Personalized for by displaying the thumbnail version of the user’s profile pic and name at the top right corner of the screen with a message informing them that Facebook Instant Personalization is being used to tailor their experience.

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Part 1: Inception to Implementation

Since introducing its API to the public in 2006, Facebook’s slow but steady branching out has taken users from the launch of Facebook Platform in 2007, which allows third party developers to build social applications within Facebook (e.g. Farmville), to Facebook Connect in 2008, which allows users to connect chosen private information to websites outside Facebook, and finally to Facebook Instant Personalization in 2010.

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The social graph. No other concept has so fluidly permeated the vernacular that it’s tough to decide which accolade Mark Zuckerberg will be remembered for first: founding the largest ‘social graph’ in the world or coining the term. The term, graphically represented by a sociogram, is applied to an abstract concept which maps and illustrates online connections and it’s a powerful tool that is used to great effect. Yet despite its assured potential, the social graph does have an Achilles Heel: portability.

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OpenID: Pro’s and Con’s

January 17, 2011

Just five years ago, the Internet was ripe to expose a perfect concoction of interactive design coupled with applications catering to the user experience. More people were discovering information, participating in discussions, sharing content and purchasing.  Yet just as we welcomed in the age of Web 2.0, there was something missing for the average user: a means of accessing the growing numbers of sites easily and securely.

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From time to time, you hear about new social networking sites cropping up, trying to be the Facebook-killer—the new, all-encompassing social network that promises to connect us to all our friends (and brands) in new and mind-blowing ways. But basically anything since the demise of MySpace has failed (Google Buzz, I’m looking in your direction). The fact of the matter is that 5 years ago, social networking was new, and only the most web savvy individuals saw any value in it. So we all messed around with a bunch of different platforms—Friendster, MySpace, Bebo, and others. But by the time we all figured out that MySpace had basically turned into a trashy hook-up spot for 14-year-olds with daddy issues, Facebook came along with its clean UI and easy-to-navigate profiles. And we were all hooked.

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Social Sign On (“SSO”) enables website and mobile application users to authenticate using their existing social network credentials from providers such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. Most users have noticed this trend on sites like Answers.com or Fox News. Here are some of the benefits of social sign-on:

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Most websites are offering social sign-in services to allow for a streamlined account sign-in for their customer. With a social sign-on your business can focus on welcoming the customer instead of collecting their information. Gigya offers social sign-on for a multitude of social networks and allows your customer to choose the sign-on identity from the social network of their choosing.  

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