VeriSign's OpenID SeatBelt Plugin

Verisign, Aug 17, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a good idea. One danger with OpenID - as with any login system - is that some site might try to fool you into thinking you're signing in, when in fact you're sending your userid and password to thieves. They do this by 'phishing' with phoney email warnings, and online, by redirecting you to fake versions of your OpenID sites. This product, by verisign, helps protect you. It keeps track of whether or not you are logged in - if you are logged in, any request for your password is a phoney. If you are not logged in, it prompts you to log in, so you aren't accidentally tripped up by a spoof site. This, as I say, is a good idea - and it shows how something like OpenID is going to be a lot more reliable than the current system of multiple logins for multiple sites. Via Simon Willison.
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