Friday, January 2, 2009

The Future of Logins

So I often say "wow, how did people survive before *insert modern amenity*". Today I re-discovered openid and then facebook connect, two services which seek to give you one online presence but access to multiple sites. In theory this sounds fantastic but immediately a problem arises: I already have a login for most of the major sites I use. Then after checking the list of sites compatible with both services I let out a sigh and gave up on the idea. Essentially these services are useless, for all the google services I use I have one login and that works well gets me into blogger, gmail, docs etc. and connects the majority of these services to my G1. If the whole web worked like that would a place it would be; rather than signing up for a drop box account I simply add dropbox to my list of services and off I go. In 5yrs I hope I can look back and ask how I lived with having to remember 20 passwords! I came out of hibernation just to say this and Happy New Year.

Update: 28-Feb-2021
So about 12 years later, my despair was misplaced. Lots of sites support logging in with Google, Facebook etc. now and it's better than I hoped because many of those services support 2FA. The password management space is also a lot better and with options like Fido2 maybe I'll be back in another 10+ years to say I don't even use passwords anymore! For now though I have upwards of 200 passwords but I know it could be a little worse without being able to use OpenID.

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