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Do you hate websites that force you to login with Facebook Do You Hate Websites Which Force You To Use A Facebook Login? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Hate Websites Which Force You To Use A Facebook Login? [MakeUseOf Poll] When you encounter these websites which force you to use a Facebook login, what's your response? Do you boycott them? Do you suffer it and log in with Facebook? Do you think it's easier to... Read More or Twitter? Many sites resort to this option as the easiest way to integrate logins, despite that fact that most users don’t like it. Mozilla Persona can change this, and it’s now officially in public beta. Mozilla Persona, formerly known as BrowserID, is a centralized login option websites can implement that allows users to log in quickly, without compromising their Facebook or Twitter profiles.

Mozilla Persona should be much easier for developers to implement on their website than a customized login form, and make it easier for users to login quickly, without having to create a separate account. As a user, it takes several minutes to create a Persona account, which you can then theoretically use across the web to log in, if the website supports it. You can easily add several email addresses, but you have one password for all of them.

Another nice thing about Persona is that Mozilla is not likely to disappear any time soon. As everlasting as Facebook seems to us now, how long can a social network really last? When no one uses Facebook anymore, those logins will become obsolete, which can be quite annoying for website owners. If you want to implement Persona on your website, you can learn how to do so here. This is what it can look like, from OpenPhoto.

Mozilla Persona is now in public beta, so you can try it out by creating your own account. What do you think about Persona? Will you give it a try on your website?


Source: Mozilla Persona

  1. Guruprasad S. Srivatsav
    October 1, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Does it store content locally, as in your emails are stored locally in your hard disk, and are invoked when you need to login, or is this covered under Firefox Sync?

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

      Persona is just a login system. Website owners can install it on their website, and you can use it to log in, just like you would use Facebook. It doesn't store anything aside from the email addresses and one password you give it, and that's not locally.

  2. Stephan Huebner
    October 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    While it sounds interesting I will most probably stay with LastPass. Up to now I haven't found a more convenient/reliable system for managing lots of login details, among other things.

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      This is not actually meant to be a LastPass alternative. It's just a login system. It's another user and password for you to store in LastPass, hopefully eventually reducing the amount of different users and passwords you have to store there.

  3. Grr
    October 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    a good move from Mozilla. But I still believe they should concentrate on their loosing browser market share.

  4. Anonymous
    October 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    lol! When i went to the persona signup page.. I tried looking for a login with facebook button!! :D

  5. Boni Oloff
    October 1, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Wow, interesting, If i am not wrong persona is Firefox interface modification..
    But, what ever.. If it can be integerated in many websites besides facebook or twitter, it will be one of the coolest web inovation :)

  6. salim benhouhou
    October 1, 2012 at 10:26 am

    as a mozilla fan i will give it a try on my website on the long-term .

  7. Amr Emara
    September 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Sounds good. I will give it a try !!

  8. Joel Lee
    September 30, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Nothing will get me back to using that once-revolutionary-but-now-resource-hoggy-laggy-crappy browser. I shudder to even think of it.

    • mohit kumar
      September 30, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      You're talking as if you've laptop with 128 MB RAM.

      If Firefox is resource hungry then what about iTunes, Photoshop etc.

      • Joel Lee
        September 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

        I have 8 GB of RAM. And yes, I think iTunes, Photoshop, and a whole bunch of other programs are resource hogs. In the case of iTunes, I don't use it because there are less resource-intensive alternatives. In the case of Photoshop, it serves a very specific purpose and I rarely use it, so I can forgive it. That's why I can forgive Word and Xsplit and other big programs, too.

        Firefox, though, is a browser. If my computer is on, there's a good chance that I have a browser open. So for a program that's almost always open, sucking up tons of my resources is NOT forgivable.

        If there was a lightweight browser available, I'd totally use it. But unfortunately, each of the big name browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Opera) are all intensive, which is why I try to use the least of 3 evils. Firefox is the worst.

        • mohit kumar
          September 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm

          What you do with 8 GB RAM? Never mind.

          Try Crazy Browser ( ).

        • Yaara Lancet
          October 1, 2012 at 12:44 am

          I think it depends on more factores than RAM. I have only 4GB, and launching Chrome is a sure way to drive me up the wall. Firefox used to be really slow and heavy, but the newer versions are much, much better. I've gone back to Firefox around version 10, I think, and haven't looked back.

          Of course it does have its problems, but as you said, all the big names do. Every time I launch Chrome I get reminded again why I switched back to Firefox. I'm getting annoyed just thinking about it. :)

        • Shavenix
          October 1, 2012 at 7:56 pm

          You just reminded me to find an update to Waterfox (have been 13.0). With background stuff closed and 6 addons I have no problems for the most part and that is with 6gb of ram in my computer. Going to upgrade by 6gb more when I install a ceton tuner to my computer.

  9. Scutterman
    September 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I'm not sure I'd be willing to place a bet on the longevity of Mozilla vs Facebook. Both seem very strong right now, but tech companies are often harder to predict than other sectors, and have been known to disappear in what seems like the blink of an eye.

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 1, 2012 at 12:41 am

      It's true. Still Mozilla is an older company, and does more things than one. I believe it will last longer than a social network.

  10. Joe Joiner
    September 30, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Is this not just OpenID all over again?

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 1, 2012 at 12:40 am

      Maybe. And maybe it will catch on better... we'll have to see.

  11. macwitty
    September 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    I'm not sure if I got it? Requires it "only" an email address to create an identity?

    • Yaara Lancet
      October 1, 2012 at 12:39 am

      I would love to make it clearer, what exactly isn't clear? You have an email and password you can use for multiple websites, very similar to a Facebook login, but without your Facebook profile behind it.

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