The Mozilla Foundation has started testing its BrowserID user authentication system, a full six months after its introduction, ZDNet reports. Mozilla is testing the system across five of its sites.
BrowserID authenticates based on a user’s e-mail address rather than a username/password and third-party credentialing system.
Although it’s a simplified system, BrowserID currently does not have enough e-mail provider participants to act as identity authorities for the authentication process, nor does it offer multi-language support.
Without the e-mail provider participants, the Foundation ends up acting as the only Secondary Identity Authority, which may pose security risks and issues with trust.
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