Sunday, 7 March 2010

Online identity management

Very near the top of my wishlist for tech companies to pull their finger out and actually do, is sort out online identity management. I avoid using, or trying out, new web services because of the hassle of registering (and I already use an online password manager that makes it easier).

Firstly, online password managers (e.g. Clipperz, LastPass, Passpack) need to go mainstream (e.g. be bought by Microsoft or Google), so that I can trust these services with my bank details (if they weren't secure enough, the big names wouldn't take the reputational risk). And with them, online form autofill services (e.g. LastPass).

Secondly, OpenID or an equivalent needs development and publicity (to get widespread adoption).

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