You may find, with some frustration, that you have too many passwords that you have to remember. If you are a smart Internet user, your passwords are random assortments of numbers and letters, making it harder for someone to guess your password. Even then, though, it is possible through a variety of methods, for someone to get into your email, bank accounts, and other online accounts you may have. OpenID hopes to make passwords for each site a thing of the past.
OpenID is not something that is going to be owned by any one person or company, and will be completely free. Essentially, it means that you will not have to use passwords on each and every online site you visit, but instead, will be logged in immediately though your OpenID program. This is something that seems scary to some, but it is said to be more secure than passwords, though nothing is going to be foolproof.
OpenID can be likened to using your own personal URL. This is just like being identified as a web site instead of a single person by name. That also means that you are getting more secure sites because it would be very hard for someone to fake being your URL to gain access. This is something that has thus far been supported by Google, Yahoo, AOL, BBC, and Microsoft, just to name a few.
The idea and programming for OpenID began in the year 2005 by the person who brought LiveJournal to the Internet – Brad Fitzpatrick. When this comes into use, you are going to skip the username and password, but instead, work with what is called a OpenID Identifier. This clears all access to everything, but should be more secure than any username and password program that most web sites use today.
Though you may not longer use a username and password to sign into your email account, you will still have the same email formula as you had in the past, and your account will still be much the same. Your email should be more secure, as will all email, but that won’t mean it can not be traced. Until then, and even after (or if) OpenID becomes common, you can use an email address search for information on any email coming your way.