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There are so many OpenID providers out there, what features should I be looking out for?
June 5, 2007 5:56 PM   Subscribe

There are so many OpenID providers out there, what features should I be looking out for?

Also, how easy is it to move across OpenID providers?
posted by friedbeef to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
A lot of people seem pretty happy about MyOpenId (it's the one I use myself, and it seems pretty reliable). It's also pretty easy to change OpenID providers.

If you have your own domain name, my suggestion would be making your own domain name your openid provider by using openid.server and openid.delegate link tags on your page.

All this may seem a little tricky at a first glance, but here's a pretty good resource on getting started with setting up your openid. It goes from the basic case to custom solutions.
posted by fredoliveira at 7:50 PM on June 5, 2007


Forgot to mention the features that you'll likely be interested in: you should be looking at phishing prevention features, certificate-based authentication and multiple persona support.
posted by fredoliveira at 7:59 PM on June 5, 2007


The biggest thing you should look for is an OpenID that's attached to an address that actually means something to you and that you're not afraid to have represent you over time. I use my blog, which has been running for a good while. Lots of people have settled on using their AOL/AIM identities, since those tend to have a pretty long lifespan, too.

I've worked with the folks behind MyOpenID, and think it's a good service, but I'm not sure about the idea of an identity that's *just* an identity URL and not also part of your actual online presence.

(Disclaimer, I work with the team that created OpenID and that runs OpenID providers LiveJournal, TypePad, TypeKey, and Vox, so I have a dog in this fight, except that I don't care, just as long as you use OpenID. :))
posted by anildash at 9:15 AM on June 6, 2007


"I've worked with the folks behind MyOpenID, and think it's a good service, but I'm not sure about the idea of an identity that's *just* an identity URL and not also part of your actual online presence."

With delegation, your OpenID address can be independent from your provider. For example, my OpenID is my homepage a domain I own, but I don't run my own server. Instead, I delegate to a third-party provider by adding this HTML snippet to my home page:
<link rel="openid.server" href="http://openid.claimid.com/server">
<link rel="openid.delegate" href="http://openid.claimid.com/mbrubeck">

posted by mbrubeck at 10:39 AM on June 6, 2007


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