OpenID @ Wordout

It’s Your Identity, After All

From now on, you can use your OpenID when registering or commenting here at Wordout. This is something I’ve thought about for a few months, ever since writing the article on what I thought was wrong with OpenID back in January. I was so focused on passwords and the fact there is simply no known way to protect the login process as it is.

I’m still unsure about passwords as a sole security mechanism, but there’s a thought in that old article that just stuck with me:

With OpenID you could generate one really great password and use it everywhere. Up front, it seems like a great idea to reduce the load on your memory while still improving your security.

That concept is valid. If all I have to do is keep up with one password in one location, then I might go through the small effort it takes to create a really strong password. I might actually use upper case and lower case letters, mixed in with numbers and symbols and even different font sets if I could. Having only one thing to manage, I might choose to manage it well.

I headed over to JanRain to find out all I could about OpenID from the source. What I found over there convinced me that not only was OpenID here to stay, it was fast becoming the de facto standard for identity management used on the web. Hover over that yellow SnapShot icon to see the chart of adoption rates. That huge increase is mostly just the last 12 months.

Identity Management Is Becoming Critical

Adoption rates aren’t usually enough to make me jump on board. Hell, I didn’t buy a cd player until after 2000. What was it that made me choose OpenID? Because identity management is becoming critical on the web. OpenID is making progress in that direction and after 3 years still appears to avoid the “password” type problems I worry about so much. I haven’t heard of any serious security breaches with OpenID at the center. I gave it alot of thought, and decided the benefits outweigh the possibility of a breach. So from now on, when you go to the login or registration pages, you’ll have the option of using your OpenID! You can use your OpenID on comments as well.

OpenID @ Wordout

Don’t have one? I wouldn’t be so sure. If you have a Yahoo, Flickr, AOL, SmugMug, Blogger, WordPress or LiveJournal account, you already have an OpenID provided by them. There’s more of them if you click that link. That doesn’t mean you have to use them. If you’d rather make one from scratch, or if you don’t have an OpenID yet, you can look at the top of the page here and use the Register With myOpenID to create an account, or just click the image below. After looking around, that’s who I chose, mainly because of their connection to JanRain.

Register with myOpenID

I am Jon, but you already knew that, didn’t you?

I want to thank ReadWriteWeb for continuing to produce articles like this.


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    For those looking for even more security, check out CallVerifID, the two-factor phone based enhancement to Its free and easy to use. More info at:

    Comment by Brian Kissel | May 20, 2008 (2 weeks ago)

    Thanks Brian! How did I miss that? With CallVerifID every time you log in you’ll get a phone call. Verify that it’s really you by simply answering and hitting the # key. Takes only a second, and adds another strong layer of security.
    Great idea!

    Comment by Jon | May 20, 2008 (2 weeks ago)

    Glad you like it Jon. So with SSL Certificate and InfoCard Integration, CallVerifID, Personas, and Anti-Phishing site verification tools, there are lots of ways to enhance the Security of myOpenID accounts.

    Comment by Brian Kissel | May 20, 2008 (2 weeks ago)

    Hi Jon,

    Excellent post, congrats on going OpenID. I work for Vidoop and we have an OpenID provider at that aims to help you eliminate passwords altogether.

    myVidoop offers a two factor authentication solution using our ImageShield technology. We also have a browser plugin for managing your traditional logins/passwords, support OpenID delegation and have lots of other neat features.

    For site operators we run an affiliate program (like myOpenID) at which gives you an easy way to refer members to myVidoop to get their OpenID account.

    Anywho, keep up the good work!

    Comment by Kevin Fox | May 27, 2008 (5 days ago)

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