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Weekly Status Report, W16/2012

Here's a short summary of Mozilla-related work I've done in week 16/2012 (April 16 - 22, 2012):

Over the last two weeks, I invested quite a bit of my "free" time into getting my website system integrated with BrowserID, the new sign-in protocol that is now part of the Mozilla Persona initiative to provide user-centric web identities with minimum to no tracking across sites.
Interestingly, implementing the actual interaction with the protocol/servers was the by far easiest part of it all and very straight-forward. A lot of the time went into changed workflows due to emails already being verified when my wesites receive them from BrowserID and not needing to do the verification after the user provides data, and into a lot of details for supporting both conventional password logins and BrowserID in the same system. In the end, I was successful and quite happy to switch a couple of my sites to using BrowserID and even removing my user passwords for them from the system. :)
I also saw that for someone creating a new site and not needing to worry about legacy logins, this system is pretty nice and easy to implement, and given the one doesn't have to worry about password security on the own website any more, probably all in all just as easy if not easier then the conventional methods.

In the end, I don't think there's anything better than a system that improves user privacy, minimzes security risks due from password re-use, reduces trackability of centralized login methods, and is easier to implement for web developers at the same time! ;-)

Entry written by KaiRo and posted on April 23rd, 2012 21:51 | Tags: L10n, Mozilla, SeaMonkey, Status | no comments | TrackBack

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