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Free OpenID service with two-factor authentication

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We're pleased to announce the beta release of http://wikid.com, a free OpenID service that uses WiKID for two-factor authentication.  

There is a huge problem on the Internet today: static passwords.  Users hate them, security folks hate them, helpdesks hate them.  Automated password reset mechanisms create a security nightmare.  

The biggest reason for the exponential growth in the number of passwords a user must maintain is that web-applications and services all need to track individual users to maintain integrity of data.  Historically, this has been done with usernames and passwords.  However, most web-based services don't actually require the level of security of a dedicated password.  This services should instead support OpenID.  You can maintain the integrity of an individual's data without requiring them to maintain a separate password for your system.

Of course, with the proliferation of social networking and the amount of personal information that can be gleaned from them, any 'keys to the kingdom' system such as OpenID needs to be protected! 

OpenID isn't perfect by any means, but it's a damn good start.  To be clear, our goal here is not to be in the OpenID business (that's why it's free).  We simply wanted to provide a useful service and help demonstrate that two-factor authentication does not have to be expensive.

In fact, if you want to set up your own OpenID server with two-factor authentication, it is quite simple.  Just grab the Community or Enterprise version of the WiKID Strong Authentication server and an OpenID library (we used OpenID4Java) and integrate the two (examples are here).

 

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