Webware has been covering the Web authentication standard OpenID since September 2006. It's a powerful alternative to traditional name-and-password Web access control, but it's so completely different from the sign-on methods that people are accustomed to that it remains still unknown to the majority of Web users.
This is changing. Major companies such as AOL, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google are on the OpenID standards committee. AOL and Yahoo, in fact, already act as OpenID "authentication providers;" if you have a login on either of these networks, you have an OpenID.
But the concepts of OpenID are … Read more