Is OpenID too open?
For years we've had it beat into our heads that using the same username and password for everything on the web leaves us open to compromise and identity theft. The on-demand nature of conversations and social networking has apparently left us all bereft of our wits as we embrace the very concept we've been warned about for years. But is it really as dangerous as we've been led to believe?
The concept of a single identity that can be shared across disparate sites is hardly new. Liberty Alliance proposed SAML as the underlying technology to provide a single sign on (SSO) functionality for the web years ago and it competed with Microsoft's Passport for mindshare.
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