Browser Authentication Could Be the Future of Password Management


Have an OpenID account? Sadly, you’re in a minority. But what you probably have is an abundance of usernames and passwords scattered all over the web. I use Roboform2Go to manage them. My Mac friends swear by 1Password.

An effective solution for authentication without new registrations has been to use social applications like Facebook (Facebook Connect) and Twitter (OAuth) to authenticate. But those systems are still based on being part of a larger ecosystem. Mozilla has introduced a new browser-based form of authentication using your e-mail address called BrowserID. As the Web becomes more personalized, users need inter personalization with services, but on their own terms, explains Ragavan Srinivasan of Mozilla.

The advantages of BrowserID and similar authentication schemes is that developers don’t need to actually code authentication or sharing tools. It makes development easier and faster, and hopefully more secure for the user.

4 Responses to “Browser Authentication Could Be the Future of Password Management”

  1. I kid you not:

    According to a Chief Technology Officer/Chief Security Officer (and he might have also held the title of Chief Information Officer) that I knew several years ago, the best prophylactic for password fatigue/information overload was to use the same password for all accounts.

    Of course, the only data available at that site was confidential medical and financial information, so I guess it would be OK if any and all usernames were hacked.

  2. I worked at a company that pre-dated people being on the Internet. We had an internal electronic mail system between us and the clients. At the time, the two head IT guys thought it would be easier if we simply just made the password for EVERYONE’s account the same. The password was the first name of the IT guy. Yes, there were problems, especially for that IT guy.