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Click2Mail Now Supports OpenID Login

Feb 03, 2011

Click2Mail Will Now Support OpenID - How You'll Benefit

There's the Facebook username and password. The Twitter and the LinkedIn login information. Not to mention usernames and passwords for your website, the popular blog you like to comment on. Every site requires a username and password. And even if you use the same login information everywhere (which experts caution against), there's still the hassle of registering every time you want to access the full features of a new site.

That's where OpenID comes in. You've probably seen it - it has popped up most prominently on news sites and blogs where you need to register to comment. You'll see the notation: sign in with Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and a range of other choices. Most simply put, "OpenID allows you to use an existing account to sign in to multiple websites, without needing to create new passwords."

OpenID was created by an open source community, and it remains open source - owned by no one and improved by everyone. According the OpenID Foundation, which was set up to help promote the adoption of OpenID, says that there are now one billion OpenID enabled user accounts and over 50,000 websites accepting OpenID for logins.

In fact, you may have an OpenID, even if you aren't aware of it - if you have a Google or Yahoo account, for example, that's an OpenID you can use to sign in to any OpenID enabled site. So, clearly, one of the principal benefits of OpenID is the convenience of it - instead of creating a new account every time you want to comment on a blog or order a product or service you can simply sign in with your one OpenID.

But security is another important benefit that OpenID offers. Instead of spreading your account information - often including your name, address, e-mail address, username, and password - to every site you want to engage with, you have only to do that with the OpenID provider (Google or Yahoo, for example). Then Google or Yahoo (or whoever holds your OpenID) is the only entity that sees your account information.

Why Click2Mail is implementing OpenID

For those reasons - convenience and security - Click2Mail has decided to allow users to sign in to their Click2Mail accounts with their OpenID. We'll begin by supporting OpenID for Google. So you'll now have the option to sign in as you have been with Click2Mail or to sign in through your Google account.

How it will work - for new Click2Mail.com users

1. Click the button on the Click2Mail registration login page that says "Register with Google"

2. You'll then be redirected to the Google OpenID login page

3. Enter your Google OpenID login information and accept to share your email address and other profile information with Click2Mail

4. You'll then be redirected back to Click2Mail.com

How it will work - for existing Click2Mail.com users

1. Login to your Click2Mail.com account, then go to the My Account section. Under "User Preferences" you'll see the option to associate your Click2Mail.com account with your Google OpenID

2. Click the button that says "Login with Google" and you'll be redirected to the Google OpenID login page

3. Enter your Google OpenID login information and accept to share your email address and other profile information with Click2Mail

4. You'll then be redirected back to Click2Mail.com

At Click2Mail, our motto is "We make mail easy." Implementing OpenID access to your Click2Mail.com account is just another way we're living up to that motto -- making it even easier, and quicker, to sign in to your account and Click 2 Mail!