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Weekend Project: Serve Up Your Own OpenID with Open Source Tools

Sep 04, 2010, 15:06 (0 Talkback[s])
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" Last weekend, we looked at how to enable your Web site to accept OpenID logins. But accepting OpenID authentication is only half of the issue — if you care about online privacy and identity, the chances are that you will want to control your own OpenID. Fortunately, setting up your site to serve as an OpenID provider is not that difficult — and makes a great weekend project.

"Given how many commercial and free public services already act as OpenID providers, some might wonder why you would want to serve as your own identity provider. For many individuals, it is just a desire to define one's own identity. A domain that you own has more individuality than google.com/profiles/somelongalphanumericstring, and if the URL you use as your OpenID is a blog or personal site, wherever it appears online will direct people back to the content that you want them to see and associate with you. Others (particularly in the Linux and free software realm) may begrudgingly have an OpenID from a proprietary service, but don't want to publicly seem affiliated to it, or don't trust its long-term stability and/or non-evilness."

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