Tech Tips Home
The Best Tech Tips And Daily Deals
Newsletter On The Internet!

WorldStart Tech Tip And Store Search
Email: Password: Login Remember Me
looking for freeware

Like what you see here? Subscribe to the Tech Tips newsletter!   Email: Subscribe

Open ID

Friday, February 1st, 2008 by | Filed Under: Security Help

Open ID

Another reader asks: As an extension to your Secure Passwords article, would you discuss the Open ID concept? Some examples would really be helpful. (In order to see how they work, I have gone to several Open ID enabled Web sites and navigated through their sign up processes. I didn’t see anything special, but then again, I also backed out before I actually created an account).

Great question! When I first saw a Web site that used the Open ID system, I had questions too. So, here you go! Here is some information on the Open ID system.

The general idea of the Open ID system is to allow people to use one username and password for several Web sites. This allows for customers to have access to the different sites without the need of creating a separate username, profile and password for each site individually.

Currently, there are 471 Web sites that support the Open ID system. So, there is a chance you may already have an Open ID and not even know it! When you visit one of the sites that supports Open ID and create a username and password, you have automatically created an Open ID for yourself.

You can visit this Web site to see a list of sites that currently support the Open ID system.

Now, this does relate very closely to last week’s article about secure passwords. With systems such as the Open ID network, it is very important to have a strong password. Since your ID can be used on several different Web sites, if someone got ahold of your password, they would have access to all of those sites, including all of your personal profile information. Making sure you use strong passwords should always be a priority, but with the Open ID system, it’s even more important.

If you’re interested in getting an Open ID or finding out even more information about it, you can visit the official Open ID Web site right here. Until next time, stay safe out there, my friends!

~ Gary

Leave a Reply

Like these tips? Get them for FREE in your email!

WorldStart's Tech Tips Newsletter

  • Tech Tips Daily - Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

  • Tech Tips Weekly - If you don't want our Tech Tips newsletter every day, then sign up for this weekly newsletter to get the best information of the week. Sent on Fridays.

Other Newsletters

  • WorldStart's Daily Deals - Every week, we send out great deals in our Daily Deals newsletter. Many of these deals are exclusively for our Daily Deals newsletter subscribers and can't be found with our regular specials.

  • Just For Grins - Each issue includes a couple clean jokes, some funny quotes, and a hilarious reader's story. Newsletter is sent five days a week.

Enter Email Address:


Your e-mail address is safe with us!
We only use it to send you the newsletters you request. It is NEVER disclosed to a third party for any reason, ever! Plus, if you decided you don't like our newsletters (don't worry, you'll love them), unsubscribing is fast and easy.

Free Newsletter Signup

Tech Tips Daily

Become a tech pro! Get the very best tech and computer help sent directly to your email every weekday!

Tech Tips Weekly

The week's best in tech and computer help. Get your issue sent to your email every Friday!

WorldStart's Daily Deals

The very best deals on the Internet! Get a new set of incredible sales every day of the week!

Just For Grins

Clean jokes, funny quotes, and hilarious comics. Sent 5 times a week straight to your email.


Love Worldstart? Refer A Friend!

looking for freeware
WorldStart's Premium Membership

Tip Archive