As a blogger and average Internet user, it’s safe to say that I’m very familiar with the struggles and problems of having multiple logins strewn all around the Internet.
It’s very difficult to come up with a login and password system that’s easy to remember – until now.
Open ID and Facebook Connect are two systems for what is known as the “holy Grail” of login programming.
The goal is to have one single login that you can use across any site on the Internet.
While this is not even close to being the case right now, the truth is that it is not too far off on the horizon.
When someone says something like, “I want to have one single login across all sites on the Internet,” it raises a lot of eyebrows in the computer security crowd.
Simply put: having one login means that if someone were to access that account, it would be absolutely devastating for your online identity.
They would then be able to access every single website that you have an account on, eventually leading to financial ruin, reputation issues, and sullying of business relationships.
This is not a mere exaggeration – it could really happen, and has to some people in the past.
Open ID is one of the oldest single login standards that exists. It has not been changed since 2007, however that does not mean that it has no traction.
In fact, even though Facebook has a login system, they still allow you to login with Open ID.
However, there are some typical implementation processes that go into using this system, as well as the fact that it does not have any type of regular updating going on at all.
That’s enough to raise some eyebrows with not only security folks but regular human beings as well.
Facebook, with all of its massive amounts of social data, has the ability to use a single login system that offers more than the competitors. They are pushing for integration with many websites that also includes the ability to integrate friend data and social sharing elements.
To add to this, they have a seriously massive user base that is very interested in simplicity and social sharing.
However, if someone was to get access to your Facebook account, in theory they could then also either revoke or accept privileges to different websites and impersonate you.
It is a dangerous and slippery slope to slide down when it comes to accessing financial websites and business websites with something like Facebook connect, simply because people do not tend to protect their Facebook account with a password that is extremely secure.
It’s going to be exciting to see where these two standards go. In my opinion, Facebook Connect is going to take the upper hand simply because of market share and brand recognition.
However, it will be on them to make sure that they put all the necessary security measures in place to protect people from themselves.
About the Author: Marcela De Vivo writes about technology and marketing for WhoIsHostingThis.com, a service that helps webmasters find the best hosting solution for their websites. Her focus is on sharing tips and information to help businesses achieve their full potential online. She loves to write about SEO, social media, and content marketing.