Mozilla's Identity team today announced BrowserID: an experimental new way of signing into websites.
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
BrowserID implements the Verified Email Protocol. This means that a user can prove
their ownership of an email address with fewer confirmation messages and without
Mozilla says that BrowserID will work on all modern browsers, including recent
versions of IE, and on mobile browsers. Although the prototype is implemented
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.
Mozilla added that BrowserID is currently experimental.For additional information