The online world is slowly moving from having a million accounts on sites everywhere with as much passwords to more unified logins which you can use on multiple sites. OpenID and Facebook Connect are two of those. But now there is Persona from Mozilla too.
Especially a system like Facebook Connect is worrysome since it needs a Facebook account and usually give out a lot of details you might not want to share with every site. Worse even, sometimes it’s the only way to login (like at the online music service Spotify).
This will put all your private info like your friends, where you go online, what games you play, what music you listen etc in the hands of one single company. And this company allowes itself to sell this data in any way they want.
Mozilla Persona is designed ‘with open-source non-profitness‘ to ensure more privacy.
Let me get this straight. I use google services ( yes this site too ), and I have a Facebook account. But I think both companies know already enough, or too much of me so I’m not eager to connect every of my online activities to one of the big giants.
On the other hand, when you run a smaller site the barrier your users have between signing-up or clicking away is pretty big, so you want to offer your visitors an easy way to overcome this.
Mozilla Persona is quite new and not widely used, but it looks like an interesting alternative over the other systems. And the more sites use it, the more people will start to use it.
Reasons to seriously look at Mozilla Persona:
- Emailaddress based single login integration
- Once set up easy to use
- Privacy for your users: doesn’t track which sites you visit
- Not for profit
A more technical review can be found at the Labs of News international