The majority of today's web users need to remember five or more passwords and PINs to access web-based email, health care and banking services, as well as a host of other services. While best practices for security dictates that web users should have no two passwords that are the same, keeping track of too many passwords has led to “password fatigue.”
To alleviate this problem, VeriSign's OpenID grants access to multiple services using only one password. OpenID is a community-driven standard that is becoming a flexible method for using one set of credentials to identify users across a wide variety of sites. OpenID is user-centric. It allows users to choose how much information to share with other sites.
VeriSign Personal Identity Portal (VeriSign's OpenID offering), provides safe sign-in with one click. This allows users to sign-in to their online accounts from any computer without having to remember their username/password. Customization of a personal identity page is also offered, wherein users can share online profiles, share a video or provide links to other of their profile pages.
Extra layers of identity protection can be added to VeriSign's Personal Identity Portal to reinforce a web user's security/privacy. The VeriSign browser certificate (free) or VIP credential (low cost) provide additional security and protect web users' online identity/privacy. Access OpenID sites enable users to receive a personal identifier in the form of a URL that can be used to sign-in or register at any site that supports OpenID. This URL is the location of the user's personalized web pages.
As OpenID sees greater adoption, it is increasingly important that the OpenID provider be a trusted entity. VeriSign has been an active participant in OpenID advancement for this reason and has assisted in drafting standards, launching an OpenID provider, evangelizing the technology and developing open-source software for the marketplace.
VeriSign Personal Identity Portal benefits enterprises
by helping consumers conveniently and securely login to their accounts to use online services, as well as lowering the cost of ownership as interoperable components provide maximum flexibility in solution development/deployment with less risk than a proprietary or vendor-locked solution.