If you’ve not heard about OpenID, it’s an interesting new technology on the web. Given all of the different websites and logins/passwords that one needs to remember these days, this technology could be either a blessing or a curse.
On the bright side is the fact that you store your encrypted login and password on your server and anytime you login anywhere, it authenticates back to your server. On the negative side is what’s known as a ‘single point of failure’. If someone can authenticate using your login and password, then they could have access to any system that you have access to via OpenID.
Here’s a short presentation on OpenID:
The more I learn about OpenID, the more optimistic I am. At first I was really suspect, but having configured it and seeing how to use it, I think it’s a great technology. AOL, Microsoft agus SiaApart tha beagan de na daoine as ùire gus taic a thoirt do OpenID, tha e coltach gu bheil e a ’gabhail smùid.
One of the great things about OpenID is that you can host it right on your own server. I’ve configured phpMyID tonight in a few minutes and it tested and worked great. I chose the easiest option for Single User configuration so I only had to do a few things:
- Dèan eòlaire ùr air an t-seirbheisiche agam agus stàlaich na faidhlichean. Thagh mi / OpenID /
- Chuir mi ath-sheòlaidhean ris an fhaidhle cinn WordPress agam a bhios ag ath-stiùireadh iarrtasan OpenID sam bith
- B ’fheudar dhomh am facal-faire agam a rèiteachadh le bhith a’ cuairteachadh mo logadh a-steach, rìoghachd (is e seo phpMyID), agus facal-faire. Gus seo a dhèanamh, chuir mi faidhle PHP suas air an fhrithealaiche leis a ’chòd a leanas:
- Rinn mi leth-bhreac den sreang chrioptaichte sin a-steach don rèiteachadh airson am faidhle ID agus bha mi suas agus a ’dol!
- Gus deuchainn a dhèanamh, cha robh agam ach logadh a-steach a ’cleachdadh URL sìmplidh
- Chlàraich mi a-mach an uairsin
B ’e sin e! Is e mo sheòladh OpenID a-nis http://martech.zone agus dearbhaidh e an Log a-steach agus am Facal-faire a thagh mi.
One other nice feature that folks haven’t spoke about is use of default information that authenticated applications can access. You can make your name, birthdate, timezone, gender and other information available for use. I love that idea! Less forms to fill out.
There’s quite a lot of news on the blogosphere on OpenID, I’d advise you to read more before you make your decision:
If nothing else, OpenID is a simple authentication scheme that, if adopted, should really simplify authentication on most websites. I hope it really explodes though I won’t be accessing my bank account with it anytime soon (nor would I want to). If you want to climb on the OpenID bandwagon, I would do it quickly so that you can get some of the initial press that goes with it.