BrowserID is a brand new experimental project from Mozilla Labs warehouse allowing users a new faster and easier way for signing into websites.
The concept is to register and confirm your login details once and login to sites seamlessly using your personal BrowserID(s), once a BrowserID user confirms the email addresses they can sign into any web site that supports BrowserID with just two clicks. Backed by Mozilla this project is surely going to get integrated in Firefox making things better for everybody. A video demonstration of the project is posted after the jump.
For a Web developer, creating a new application always involves an annoying hurdle: how do users sign in? An email address with a confirmation step is the classic method, but it demands a user’s time and requires the user to take an extra step and remember another password. Outsourcing login and identity management to large providers like Facebook, Twitter, or Google is an option, but these products also come with lock-in, reliability issues, and data privacy concerns.
With BrowserID, there is a better way to sign in. BrowserID implements the /verified email protocol/, which offers a streamlined user experience. A user can prove their ownership of an email address with fewer confirmation messages and without site-specific passwords.
* easy to use
Users gain a streamlined one-click experience that feels the same on any site they visit. Developers save time by deploying BrowserID, eliminating the need to implement email verification. Check out the links at the end of the post for more information.
BrowserID implements the Verified Email Protocol, which is designed with security in mind. Sites get proof of ownership using public key cryptography—but don’t worry, we have a verification service so you can get started without writing a single line of crypto code.
BrowserID will work on all modern browsers, including recent versions of IE, and on mobile browsers!
Anyone with an email address can sign in with BrowserID, and email providers can implement BrowserID support to make the system even easier for their users.
* even better on future browsers
* respects user privacy
Unlike other sign-in systems, BrowserID does not leak information back to any server (not even to the BrowserID servers) about which sites a user visits.