People have valid concerns about any scheme purporting to represent their identity (or identities, given we’re talking about the web). It’s hard to get to the bottom of those with OpenID, because, as has been raised on the mailing lists, it’s very obscure niche topic with bugger all in the way of plain language explanations. It takes too long to get into it and understand it, and not everybody has that time. This is for those who are willing to trust that I took the time.
The next five points are for all my geeky friends who can’t be stuffed delving into esoterica:
OpenID is good for you.
OpenID saves you stress
You don’t have remember which of the 3 different passwords you’ve used since high school is the right one for this site. You don’t have remember which of your 47 different usernames you gave it.
OpenID saves you time
You don’t have to trawl your browser password storage to find the right one when you haven’t visited the site since you last cleared your cookies.
OpenID is safe
Hardcore security freaks can go read the specs , get involved in the community and determine this for themselves, but for the rest of us, it’s enough to know that a bunch of very smart hardcore security freaks have already done this.
The defence rests
There you have it, folks, the completely non-scientific (and non-scary) explanation of OpenID. No grand justifications. No confusing diagrams.
Just 3 simple things to do:
- Go get one today; I recommend ClaimID because those guys are fucking smart , but lots of people like myOpenId too;
- Make sure you delegate your OpenID to your own site using Tim Lucas’s handy instructions so you have control of your identity; and
- Tell your all friends - if you want the revolution, you’d better start lighting fires.
Party on, people. The fight isn’t over yet.