Google has joined Yahoo! and Microsoft in the ranks of being an OpenID provider. Anyone who has a GMail address can now use it to log in to any site that accepts OpenID logins, like Zoho and Plaxo.
The list of sites that accept OpenID doesn’t include Microsoft, Yahoo! or Google, you might notice, despite the fact that they provide IDs. That’s because they’ve just signed up to the movement as a ‘provider’, not a ‘relying party’. That’s a shame, because now that everyone probably has two or three OpenIDs, it’d be nice to have somewhere to use them.
The OpenID movement is a decentralised service that’s supposed to provide you with one login for every website. It doesn’t work quite as well as that in practice, but it’s a very noble concept, so Google gets a small round of applause for providing them. A far bigger round of applause would be gained if they supported it themselves.
Honestly, what a disappointment. Of all the exciting things you could hope to find on the hard drive of a PC bought off eBay, rubbish old bank passwords has to be the last thing you’d want.
The computer in question was bought for £35 off the auction site, and apparently came pre-loaded with user data from the Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest. Both banks have confirmed that the data is indeed genuine…