Most of you must have forgot about OpenID which wanted to revolutnise the way we used to sign in to websites. But unfortunately it failed. Looks like Mozilla wants to give another try to a similar concept . Mozilla released BrowserID today which they call it as a better way to sign in to various websites.

So, why Mozilla wanted to have something like BrowserID when you can use Facebook, twitter, Google accounts to login to various websites. Here is a small quote from the blog post about why BrowserID.

Outsourcing login and identity management to large providers like Facebook, Twitter, or Google is an option, but these products also come with lock-in, reliability issues, and data privacy concerns.

With BrowserID, there is a better way to sign in. BrowserID implements the /verified email protocol/, which offers a streamlined user experience. A user can prove their ownership of an email address with fewer confirmation messages and without site-specific passwords.

With BrowserID, you can confirm your email addresses once and can sign into any web site that supports BrowserID with just two clicks.


  • easy to use

Users gain a streamlined one-click experience that feels the same on any site they visit. Developers save time by deploying BrowserID, eliminating the need to implement email verification. Check out the links at the end of the post for more information.

  • secure

BrowserID implements the Verified Email Protocol, which is designed with security in mind. Sites get proof of ownership using public key cryptography—but don’t worry, we have a verification service so you can get started without writing a single line of crypto code.

  • cross-browser

BrowserID will work on all modern browsers, including recent versions of IE, and on mobile browsers!

  • decentralized

Anyone with an email address can sign in with BrowserID, and email providers can implement BrowserID support to make the system even easier for their users.

  • even better on future browsers

Although the prototype is implemented entirely in HTML and JavaScript, the system is designed to seamlessly integrate into future browsers. Check out our mockups for an idea of the kind of experience that is possible.

  • respects user privacy

Unlike other sign-in systems, BrowserID does not leak information back to any server (not even to the BrowserID servers) about which sites a user visits.

If you are a developer, you can integrate BrowserID into your website with only a couple lines of code which includes a javascript and few more lines of code to Identify the User  and then verify the User’s Identity. BrowserID provides a simple and sophisticated login process that  users will love. It can be integrated in three easy steps.

Via: Identity at Mozilla