BrowserID Becomes Mozilla Persona

23 Feb/12

BrowserID, a technology and service of the same name, has been in development by Mozilla since last year. The aim is to fundamentally change the way log in systems work on the Internet. Instead of concentrating on username and password based login systems, Mozilla plans to shift it to verifiable email addresses instead.

The basic idea behind the system is simple: If you can verify ownership of an email address, you can use it to sign up and log in to sites and services on the Internet.

Take a look at this – early – demonstration video of BrowserID:

What made the system confusing at first was that both the technology and the service that Mozilla started to implement were both named BrowserID.

The Mozilla Identity team today announced that they are about to change the service’s name to Mozilla Persona. The transition may take a few months to complete.

The Persona name resonates with the idea of personhood as well as online identity as a facet of our lives, and therefore strongly tied to user identity. We’re very excited about this new name and the new features our identity system will offer. Some of the things we’re planning: an identity dashboard, user data interconnect features, and more.

And while we are talking about confusing, it should not be confused with Personas, the technology that lets Mozilla users change their browser’s or email client’s toolbar theme comfortably. To add to the confusion, the Personas team has announced that their technology will receive a name change of its own in the future.


So lets take another look at the technologies and services in play:

BrowserID – Name of the underlying technology that powers Mozilla PersonaMozilla Persona – Mozilla’s implementation of BrowserID, the new name of the service.Personas – A background changer for Mozilla products that will be renamed in the near future.

The Mozilla Identity team notes that the next few weeks will without doubt cause some confusion, but once things settle down, it should result in a better experience for users of their service. (via)

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