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September 11, 2006 » 10:34 am

Ph-Off and i-name Promotion

I’m at the Identity Open Space in Santa Clara right now. Lots of good stuff scheduled today, including a session I’m co-leading on Identity Commons, the next generation. Two things worth mentioning now. First, i-names have officially launched. A lot of folks purchased i-names through the Identity Commons fundraiser way back when, and those will finally become useful. If you didn’t have a chance to buy one at the special rate a few years ago, you can buy them at a special rate over the next three days: $5 for the first year of registration. Go to:    (L5U)

and register before 7pm PT, this Thursday, September 14.    (L5W)

Second, Andy Dale has whipped up a cool, anti-phishing Firefox plugin for OpenID users appropriately named, Ph-Off. OpenID and similar technologies rely on the notion of an Identity Broker — a third-party site that handles authentication. Because these Identity Brokers will become increasingly important, we need good ways to be sure that things that look like our i-brokers actually are our i-brokers. When you configure Ph-Off, the toolbar turns green and you get a green thumbs up indicator when you visit your actual i-broker. It’s simple and useful.    (L5X)

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