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What is myOpenID?

myOpenID is a free OpenID server. Use your free account to log into OpenID enabled websites all over the internet. For a list of many OpenID enabled websites see our directory.

What is OpenID?

OpenID is a decentralized identity system. An OpenID identity is just a URL. All OpenID does is provide a way to prove that you own a URL (identity). For more information on OpenID visit openid.net.

Where can I use my identity?

The list of websites that accept OpenID is growing every day. You can always find a list of the most popular OpenID enabled websites in our directory.

What is Simple Registration?

Simple Registration is a way to use OpenID to skip the registration step when signing in to web sites. When you sign in to a site that supports Simple Registration, myOpenID will ask you which registration information you want to use so you don't have to fill out a registration form. Detailed information on the protocol can be found here. See Personas.

What is Attribute Exchange?

OpenID Attribute Exchange is a newer, more flexible (compared to Simple Registration) way to share information when signing in to an OpenID-enabled site. Attribute Exchange has many data types defined already, and it's easy to define new ones.

What are Personas?

Personas are an easy way to organize Simple Registration and Attribute Exchange data. When you sign in to a site that supports Simple Registration, you can decide which of your personas best fits the registration details needed by the site. For example, you might have two personas: one that contains only a few details or none at all, and another that contains information you give to sites you trust.

What is a URL?

URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator, and is simply a web address. For example, http://www.google.com/ is Google's URL. In the OpenID world, your identity is represented as a URL.

What is a Trust Root?

A trust root looks much like a normal URL, but is used to describe a set of URLs. Trust roots are used by OpenID to verify that a user has approved the OpenID enabled website. For example, when logging into jyte.com, Jyte issues a trust root http://jyte.com/, which asks the user to trust all pages on jyte.com. It is up to the user to decide whether or not they approve of the supplied trust root.

The trust root should match the URL of the site you are signing in to. For example if you are trying to log into jyte.com, and the trust root you are asked to approve is not jyte.com, then something fishy is going on. Do not approve fishy trust roots!

Security & Reliability

Security is our number one priority. We always use SSL when asking for sensitive information like your password. Our servers reside in a physically secure and monitored collocation facility.

Privacy

We will never sell or reveal any of your account or persona information to a third party without your permission. That is our promise and our policy. For more information read our full Privacy Policy.

Using your own URL

You can use your own URL as your OpenID, and still use myOpenID as your OpenID server. To set this up, create an account, and add the following markup into your page's head section:

  <link rel="openid.server"
        href="http://www.myopenid.com/server" />
  <link rel="openid.delegate"
        href="http://youraccount.myopenid.com/" />
  <link rel="openid2.local_id"
        href="http://youraccount.myopenid.com" />
  <link rel="openid2.provider"
        href="http://www.myopenid.com/server" />
  <meta http-equiv="X-XRDS-Location"
        content="http://www.myopenid.com/xrds?username=youraccount.myopenid.com" />

(If you have a .name account through FreeYourID.com, substitute first.last.name for youraccount.myopenid.com above)

That's it. You can now use your own URL to log into OpenID enabled sites with myOpenID as your OpenID server.

Please note that you will not be able to log into myopenid.com with your own URL; you must use your myOpenID identifier.

What is the myOpenID Affiliate Program?

Read about the affiliate program here.

How do I configure my affiliate site?

To configure your web site to be an affiliate, see these instructions.