OpenID Phishing Pirates Burn Joan of the Blog
Not another unrelated post with no Lighthouses? Please note Blogging is a social community and the actions of Internet Service Providers, Web hosting services, etc. affect everyone including web consumers, web authors, and blog authors. With this new concern, please read the latest OpenID issues and solutions:
After spending a very stressful week searching for answers to the new Google OpenID comment system last week, I may be too late to free Joan of the Blog from her stake in this OpenID Comment Crusade. Joan of the Blog is a metaphor for present day Google Bloggers who could be burned at the Google stake inspired by Joan of Arc who was burned at the stake in 1431. Just like Joan of Arc was burned for heresy, Joan of the Blog could be burned by Google’s OpenID comment system.
How could this happen when OpenID is the salvation of the Internet and Blogging Services? Seems like OpenID is vulnerable to Phishing Pirates, you know the pirates lurking in the seven digital seas to invade our private data and steal our identity, cash, and credit.
So, we now have this cool new OpenID system and every Joan (or John) of the Blog is beaming about their Blog Link appearing in another Blogs’ comment unaware that MyOpenID is another primary source for Phishing expeditions.
One solution is to disable OpenID by logging into “Blogger In Draft” but this is only temporary as no doubt, Google plans to fully implement OpenID on all Blogger Blogs in the near future.
There are other solutions to combat OpenID Phishing also.
The first applies to myopenid.com (but could apply to other OpenID Services as well?) – Enter your Nickname in your Default Registration Personas only. Leave every other field blank. OpenID does not need the extra information to work for Blogs!
The second solution, thanks to Scott Kveton, is to add your Personal Icon (or Avatar) to the title bar of your myOpenID page. According to Scott, the Personal Icon is not tied to the account (directly?) and you should see your Icon every time you sign in. If you don’t see your icon then something Phishy might be going on.
Scott also discusses a SafeSignIn option (found in the Security Settings under Account Settings) which he and I recommend to activate. Doing this restricts your password request to the https://www.myopenid.com/signin page only. If any other site asks for your OpenID password then you will know something is Phishy in the OpenID system.
OpenID was verified and works after all three solutions were implemented. Hopefully, these OpenID solutions work so every Joan Blog or John Blog can safely sail the seven digital seas!
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