eliminates the need for multiple usernames


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OpenID is a shared identity service, which allows Internet users to log on to many different web sites using a single sign-on, eliminating the need for a different user name and password for each site. OpenID is a decentralized, free and open standard that lets users control the amount of personal information they provide. is the website representing the OpenID Foundation (OIDF), an organization formed in June 2007 to help promote, protect and enable the OpenID technologies and community.

About OpenID

An OpenID is in the form of a URL. This URL can be the domain name of your own website, or the URL of an OpenID Identity Provider. When you log in with an OpenID, you have to log in to the Identity Provider for validation.

Using OpenID-enabled sites, web users do not need to remember traditional items of identity such as username and password. Instead, they only need to be registered with any OpenID "identity provider" (IdP). Since OpenID is decentralized, any website can use OpenID as a way for users to sign in; OpenID does not require a centralized authority to confirm a user's digital identity.

Get your OpenID

Surprise! You may already have one. If you use any of the following services, you already have your own OpenID. Read more at

OpenID providers

The following companies are specifically designed to provide you with an OpenID.


OpenID Foundation
Tel: +1 707 545 4823


OpenID Foundation
5331 SW Macadam Ave
Suite 258-515
Portland, OR 97239

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