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.
The password has truly become the bane of most Internet users. It's been that way since ... well, since Web sites required you to log into them with a user name and password. Just think of how many passwords you have. It's probably more than a couple. Keeping track of them can be an almost impossible chore.
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.
Single sign-on is a great way to authenticate users without having to keep and track usernames and passwords for all your site members. It’s also great for users, because they don’t have to create new credentials for your site. In addition, using single sign-on plugins like Login with Facebook, Twitter, Google, and more, lower the barrier of entry for new users to join your site.
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.
Imagine a single card in your nice slim wallet with a single PIN or password that is connected to all of these other cards: credit cards, debit cards, loyalty cards, store cards, club membership cards, etc etc. sitting at home in that fat bulging creaking old wallet. And now imagine that this one card can link up with your friends or work colleagues (if you want it to) and they can keep up to date with what you’re doing wherever you (and they) are.