Mozilla pushes simplified Browser ID login system

The open-source experiment makes it possible for users to prove ownership of email addresses in a secure manner, without requiring per-site passwords.

Mozilla's identity team has launched a new decentralized identity system aimed at replacing ad-hoc application-level authentication based on site-specific user-names and passwords.

The open-source experiment, called Browser ID, makes it possible for users to prove ownership of email addresses in a secure manner, without requiring per-site passwords.

A technical explanation is available:

BrowserID uses asymmetric cryptography and digital signatures to allow browsers to create signed assertions about the user's identity, and by identity providers to vouch (via signing of a key-email pair) for a user's identity in a disconnected fashion. BrowserID uses cross document messaging to communicate between documents served from different domains, which makes a usable implementation of BrowserID possible right now without modifications to existing browsers.

This video offers more details:

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