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Mozilla demos single signon scheme Persona

Experimental system is in beta
Fri Sep 28 2012, 11:55
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has released the first demo of Persona, its single signon system for websites.

Mozilla says that Persona has been a year in the making and is now ready to be called beta as opposed to experimental. We first met it last year, when it was called Browser ID.

"For the past year Mozilla has been working on an experimental login system that completely eliminates passwords on websites while being safe, secure, and easy to use. Today we're casting off the 'experimental' label and announcing the first 'beta' release of Persona," it says in a blog post. "Persona is ready to use for authentication."

Persona, which is shown off in action in a video, lets you use one address and password and works across hardware, including your smartphone, tablet and desktop browser, and is - we hope anyway, since it's for single signons - stable and safe.

It's been tested at News International where it was deemed to be easier to integrate than OpenID or Oauth.

There it was tested on the Times crossword puzzle and let users who had started the puzzle on one computer take their partially completed version with them from hardware to hardware.

It is also easier for users to get along with. Mozilla said it streamlined the user experience and that Persona will let its customers, such as websites, add their logos, terms and conditions and privacy policies with relative simplicity.

"We haven't just refined Persona, we've also significantly improved it since we first introduced it," adds Mozilla. µ


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