It doesn’t take much to get me excited. Even so, I’m quite jazzed over this whole concept of OpenID. Basically it’s a way for websites and services to authenticate your identity in a secure, flexible and decentralized way. Unlike previous attempts at single sign on systems, OpenID is a spec for getting the job done instead of a service that ties you to a single entity. OpenID even specifies that you, the user, should be able to decide who the site you are logging into asks for your credentials and if the site can even trust them. The cool parts are that you only need to remember one password and you have complete control over the whole process. With huge a sites like Wikipedia, Technorati and LiveJournal along with major projects like Drupal and WordPress adding support for OpenID, it’s going to be super easy to log in almost anywhere. There is even talk of Windows Vista and AOL getting on the OpenID bandwagon. It’s kind of a tough concept to understand and it took me a few tries to figure out how it works underneath. These links should give you a headstart: - A Brief
[Introduction to OpenID](http://www.openidenabled.com/openid/about-openid)
- How OpenID Works
- Sam Ruby’s ”OpenID for non-SuperUsers”
- Overview of the OpenID protocol (complete with a diagram)
- OpenID on Wikpedia
- “How to turn your blog in to an OpenID” by Simon Willison
- Collection of OpenID related presentations
- OpenID advocacy at I want my OpenID!
If this takes off like it should, it will make everyone’s lives easier. Seriously, who wants to have a different login for each website they have an account at? I also read that Firefox 3 will have integrated OpenID support. Neat eh?