Mozilla simplifies logins with BrowserID manager

Many of us have trouble remembering our login information for every particular site online where we have accounts. Mozilla is experimenting with a new product, BrowserID, to remedy that situation.

Many of us have trouble remembering our login information for every particular site online where we have accounts. Mozilla is experimenting with a new product, BrowserID, to remedy that situation.

Mozilla touts BrowserID as a "streamlined one-click experience" in which users can instantly sign in to websites just using their email addresses. It's also boasted as a useful trick for developers who are stumped in how to create a simplified yet secure login process on their sites.

It sounds skeptical at first, but it's not far off from the process used in Facebook Connect. (Although, that's likely used for many other different purposes on Facebook's part, but I digress.)

One of the first (if not the first) question that pops into mind: How secure can this be? Mozilla insists it's perfectly safe as it has implemented Verified Email Protocol so that sites get a proof of ownership using public key cryptography.

BrowserID is compatible with all "modern" browsers. Obviously Firefox is included, and there's even support for Internet Explorer. Even mobile browsers are included. For those who are interested in trying this out, follow Mozilla's online quick tutorial first. Remember that this is still in a beta mode of sorts, so don't expect it to be quite perfect just yet.

For a closer look at BrowserID, check out the promo video below:

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