An open standard which allows users to access and log on to different services with one single digital identity. Users may create accounts with OpenID identity providers, and use those accounts to sign on to any website which accepts OpenID authentication.
Before someone can use OpenID across various websites, they need to choose an provider. Websites supporting OpenID include AOl, Blogger, Yahoo, and WordPress.
The standard is overseen and administered by the OpenID Foundation, an international non-profit organization of individuals and companies.The foundations promotes OpenID technologies and serves as support to the developer community by providing infrastructure, managing intellectual property and promting viral growth.
Fast and Easy
- Personalizing the Web
With OpenID you only need to have, and remember, one user name and password to sign into different websites. This only applies to sites that support OpenID.
By only having one user name, users can establish an online persona that will be recognized across the Web.