OpenID Marches On

We’ve written about OpenID, the growing standard for universal login across web sites, several times. If you’ve gone to OpenID, two new developments are worth a quick look.

ScreenshotFirst, JanRain (who run the myOpenID provider service) have come out with an ID Selector widget for web developers. Drop their javascript on your page, and they’ll create a control to make it easy for a user to pick their own provider and sign in to your site. Lowering the friction of OpenID use will contribute to its spread.

ScreenshotSecond, for those worried about the security of OpenID, check out TrustBearer. They combine OpenID with a separate hardware authentication token for greater control over your identity. They’ll sell you a USB authentication device for $40, or you can use their service with many existing smartcards or biometric devices – even your national identity card if you happen to live in Finland or Belgium.

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