But is managing your passwords enough of a ‘value add’ service, given that browsers do much of it already and OpenID is also solving some of those issues in the web 2.0 world?
It’s certainly very pleasing to note that he thinks OpenID will be able to compete with the well known method of signing in to websites – user names and passwords – soon. However the number of Relying Parties is still very small (see David Recordon’s and Brian Ellin’s slides of the Web2Expo). While OpenID has gained momentum this number has to grow significantly to make more users aware that a different and comfortable way of signing in already exists.
I also think that no one can force users to embrace and use any new technology; they have to join voluntarily. There will always be people who think OpenID was insecure, complicated, lightweight, uncomfortable or unnecessary. Those people will hopefully use a comfortable password manager which generates strong passwords and maybe even has an auto-logon feature. Usually password managers are also able to store other important data; just think of notes or even complete documents. OpenID can’t do that because it serves a different purpose.
OpenID and password managers will coexist – PassPack is even thinking about OpenID implementation – at long sight.
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