Tuesday, May 31, 2005

YAPIDS: Yet Another Personal IDentity Scheme

Jamie Lewis points to OpenID (with a tip of the hat to Doc Searls). This new, non-proprietary, "anyone can do it" ID scheme is built around URLs and a "home server" which can send out information to sites you specify.

In some ways it's Sxip without the verified ID server (OpenID has non-verified servers). Or SMBmeta with a more focused Identity purpose. (Sadly, SMBmeta appears to have fallen by the wayside)

OpenID's originator, Brad Fitzpatrick, points to mIDm as a very similar package.

While I didn't go through all of the technical specs for OpenID, a quick glance appears to show that it would be a haven for phishers as they try to entice identity information from the unwary. It is simple and easy to use, but it also seems very easy to abuse.

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