The problem with passwords on the web and what to do about it

A session at Open Source Bridge 2013

Thursday 20th June, 2013

2:30pm to 3:15pm (PST)

Users hate picking and having to remember them. Developers hate dealing and storing them. Why are we still using passwords again? Surely there is a better way to log into websites.

This talk will take a detailed look at the technology behind "Persona":https://login.persona.org/about and the "BrowserID protocol":https://github.com/mozilla/id-specs/blob/prod/browserid/index.md. Mozilla intends to solve the password problem on the web with a federated cross-browser system that is intensely focused on user experience and privacy.

We may not be able to get rid of all passwords, after all, you probably don't want to be subjected to a fingerprint check before leaving a comment on someone's blog, but we can eliminate site-specific passwords and replace them with something better: a decentralized system that's under the control of its users, not a for-profit gatekeeper.

Attendees should come out of this talk with a high-level understanding of the client-side crypto behind the BrowserID standard as well as the "four simple steps":https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Persona/Quick_Setup required to add support for Persona on their sites.

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François Marier

Passionate about decentralization and software freedom. Security & privacy engineer at Mozilla.

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Time 2:30pm3:15pm PST

Date Thu 20th June 2013

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