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Over the next few months, we’ll be deploying BrowserID on Mozilla web sites. When we do, we’ll point users to this blog post to explain what BrowserID is and why we think this is good for users. If you still have questions, remember you can easily join our mailing list or just Tweet with the hashtag #browserid.
BrowserID makes it easier for users to register at new web sites and subsequently log back into those sites, using any email address they choose. Users are free to use different email addresses for different purposes, and the process of signing in becomes easier and safer. Users maintain complete control over their identity, only now they have fewer passwords to remember.
At Mozilla specifically, it makes even more sense for our users to sign in with BrowserID: rather than have a dozen accounts with different Mozilla web sites, users need only one BrowserID account, which will let them partake in any site they choose at Mozilla. What’s the point of having multiple accounts, each with a different password, yet all with the same organization?
It’s important to note that this is not automatic single sign-on. Users can log into a new Mozilla web site with only two clicks, but they are logged into only the specific Mozilla web sites where they choose to be logged in. BrowserID makes logging in easy, while maintaining complete user control.
BrowserID is new, so you probably still have questions. Here are some additional points we’ve found can be helpful in understanding BrowserID:
BrowserID does not share data between sites that use it.
Because BrowserID lets users choose any email address to log into a web site, it’s easy for a user to create a single-purpose email address to log into a given web site. BrowserID remembers which email you used on which site, so it helps you pick the same single-purpose email the next time you log in.