IDentity Management

Managing your IDentity online is a tough task. People can pretend to be you and competely destroy your reputation. If offline it is very hard and a big hassle to be a victim of IDentity Thefts, it is similar in the online and virtual world where there are thousands of inter-linked communities sharing information with each other.

Follow up:

Today (and I don’t know why only this year), many identity applications are popping out. First I introduced claimID, then there is also OpenID.

MyOpenID, a free OpenID server, allows any OpenID user to easily register and login to any OpenID enabled websites, saving us time registering over and over again which is already boring. So what’s new about it? Google is doing it already right? Microsoft’s Passport or now known as Windows Live ID is already providing such services right?

True they are, but these are limited to their own networks. Hence, OpenID, the system is open to all and any websites willing to support the system, providing their customers (or more exactly potential customers) an easy way of registering and logging in to their services. After all, what matters most is that the customers to start using your product so revenue will start flowing in. And since I went online 12 years ago, I’ve seen and encountered people who gets discouraged in trying out a service or product because they have to go another registration process (which is pretty much the same and repititive).

For sure, reviewers out there, especially Web2.0 tech reviewers spent a countless total of hours just registering to every services. OpenID solves that and the list of websites supporting OpenID is growing slowly but surely.

We come now to PeopleAggregator which was designed to solve problems for three distinct kinds of end-users and stakeholders.

For the users, it is a feature rich, personal publishing oriented system. The hub of social network we all are waiting for (as they say). For network operators, they can setup and start running their own social network. For web service vendors, which is for developers.

PeopleAggregator is similar in concept with claimID and OpenID, both mainly for managing one’s identity in this world of free information flow.

From PeopleAggregator:

PeopleAggregator is an Identity Hub
At the center of all great Live Web software will be one’s digital identity. Each end-user will control who has access to their personal data, who can use it and how. Each end-user needs to be able to move their data to other systems – whether it be their personal profile record, list of friends, groups, their photos, MP3s, links, bookmarks or events.

We’ve designed the PeopleAggregator to lay the groundwork of a foundation platform – we call an Identity Hub. We plan on supporting on major open ID systems to create federated authentication layer. We then plan on layering on top of that platform import/export capabilities and then layer on top of that – a set of common actions which will interconnect social networks and personal publishing systems – together.

With all these services coming out and are “open” rather than exclusive to certain networks, the lives of many people will be easier, not only by routines but by managing our identities. Though I still see a problem, education. We may all have the tools we need to protect our identity, but if we publicly post our details, if certain websites freely allow bots to farm our profiles, then all these will become useless. Once it does, it will come down to two technologies and services – OpenID and claimID.

Overall, I am glad there are people out there spending time and money to help the general public by developing useful applications, tools and services to protect ourselves in this very public world of the world wide web.

Official Sites:
MyOpenID (OpenID)
PeopleAggregator’s Explanation Site
PeopleAggregator Service

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