What is OpenID?OpenID Logo

OpenID enables you to authenticate into multiple websites with the use of one username and password from your OpenID provider.

If you have an account with an OpenID provider like Microsoft Live Mail, Yahoo, Google, etc, you can log in with those same credentials into other websites that support the OpenID login.

Where can I use OpenID?

You can use OpenID on any number of growing sites that support OpenID login.

Who is an OpenID provider?

Many popular services like Yahoo, Gmail, Microsoft Live Mail, etc are OpenID providers. For a reference of OpenID providers visit the List of OpenID Providers.

What do I need to do to activate OpenID for my account?

Go to the OpenID provider of your choice. If you don’t already have an account with the OpendID provider, create an email account and enable OpenID by following the provider’s instructions.

What do I need to do to log into this site using my OpenID?

Go to the site that supports OpenID login. Select the provider that you singed up with such as Yahoo, Microsoft Live Mail or Gmail. If you see a text box with an OpenID icon, simply type in the providers URL (example: yahoo.com). A form will be displayed. Please enter your contact information and submit the form. The site will redirect you to your OpenID provider to verify your ID and Password. Log into the site. Once logged in, it will redirect you to the site you are trying to access.

Security Tips:

When using OpenID, do you not enter your ID and Password on any website other than the site of your provider (Yahoo, Microsoft Live Mail, Gmail, etc.)

Some OpenID providers offer setting up a free sign-in seal. A sign-in seal is a personalized image or a message that will only appear on the login page of your provider when accessed by you. This is used to help prevent you from providing your credentials to sites that are impersonating the provider.