Yahoo Begins Supporting OpenID

Jan 31, 2008 • 8:58 am | comments (3) by twitter | Filed Under Other Yahoo Topics
 

Yesterday, CNet introduced that Yahoo is going to be supporting the OpenID standard for a "universal Internet log-in." The article claims that the biggest victor is not Yahoo but OpenID.

However, on WebmasterWorld, the concept of OpenID is irksome to many.

Oh, I can see it now, people don't use hard passwords...then the hackers can get it ALL in one fell swoop. That could be a disaster for many.

Not all feel this way, though. It's good to get a centralized system for password storage:

I dont think there is much of a safety issue here, most of the mainstream public use the same userId/password across different websites now anyway!...So why not legitimize (the practice) with a central userid provider (hopefully with a strict password requirement)

In any event, it's still great that Yahoo has taken this approach. You can access the OpenID program on Yahoo at http://openid.yahoo.com/.

Forum discussion continues at WebmasterWorld and DigitalPoint Forums.

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Comments:

No Name

01/31/2008 06:09 pm

call me old fashion but i do not use the same id and pass word for all my log ins... yes it sometimes get a bit fustrating keeping track - but it helps that if one log in is hacked i don't have run changing all of them in fear.....

Jeffrey

01/31/2008 08:33 pm

I partially agree with the concept of having multiple logins.. The one thing that I think still needs to be proved to the community is security. Is using one set of login crudentials secure? Will there be more robust password conventions and backup security measures? Perhaps there should be an ultra secure, multi factor authentication protocol just for changing a password. That way, if your openID password IS compromised, it's slightly more difficult for a hacker to change it and totally lock you out.... I also love that with a few lines of code, I can make my own domain into an OpenID url.. great! -Jeffrey

Aaron

02/02/2008 06:52 am

I find the timeliness of this announcement ironic - as my employer and university (Concordia University Chicago) just implemented a portal. Our main selling point to the end user is coincidentally a single sign-on system for our email, administrative information system, instructional technologies, as well as online payments. I see the potential as great - but people don't realize after the fact that they hated remembering 4 usernames and passwords. Now they're just pissed off that they can't remember ONE username and password. Have I mentioned I hate resetting passwords?

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