Why was Open ID chosen as the preferred login provider on Stack Exchange; what are the privacy implications and risks, if any; and why should I care?
I confess I'm a very green newbie. My own teen nerd years were spent with reels of solder, brick-like transformers, chassis punches for octal base triodes and pentodes, argon gas voltage regulator tubes, etc. so I beg for tolerance, but blast away if you must...
Understanding some of what's on the backside of every webpage I visit, I'm concerned about citizens' privacy and resent almost all of them calling my mac to dutifully do gets at 20 different domains to upload js, iframes, .gifs with mile-long hash and every other (multiplying like rabbits) junk to triangulate exactly who I am, what I'm doing and what I'm going to do every second I'm online ..or offline.
Years ago, we all talked about bugging phones, wire-tapping, etc. Everyone considered it despicable to the point of legal limitation and what a dangerous precedent it could set to even worse infringements since mankind has never been 100% benevolent or altruistic. Subjugators and exploiters are integral to our species. No culture is immune from winding up with a Hitler. Our nature hasn't miraculously changed à la Star Trek (Yes, I am.) since 1930 –or 1930 B.C.
I'm not a lawbreaker, not worth handcuffing anyway, nor ashamed of any places I surf, including some fav X sites, but sneakiness and spying gall me just on principle. I find the ubiquity of Google's euphemistic "analytics" js particularly odious as well as the hundreds of other We-catch-em snooping systems proffered by the Finest. Face Book is repugnant to me, even butting into everyone's site by handling their "Comments" feature, Adobe and Apple among them. Honestly, I fear FB could become downright malicious one day if people don't stir from their stupor pretty soon.
I use Firefox, Firebug and NoScript to try to limit or at least view what sites attempt to inculcate my machine up with.
This brings me to OpenId.
Stack Exchange sites are the pits for me to sign on to.
Pages use the term "log in" at one place and "sign in" elsewhere on the same page. Wha?? Am I supposed to know the difference? Enlighten me, please. I receive an email to retrieve my password. It says: Your password is ssssTG. Next line says: Just kidding. Then doesn't give me a password at all, but says to use one of a number of my OpenIDs. I suppose this is funny to insiders? Not me when I can't sign ..or log? on to learn some more.
And why was there a login page with two text boxes then, both email and password??
It seems to me that OpenId just invites cross-pollination of user data. Why does anyone want Face Book nosing in? –Or any other site I'm a member of?
Can someone set me straight here? Am I just an old fogey who has to get over that anyone with an IQ can know everything about me? Are my bank accounts, SSN, etc secure or are they not??
Some of you dudes –ambigender of course– are the geniuses, the cutting edge of programming knowhow today. The gray matter here is astounding and far finer than mine, so you're the ones I want to ask how invasive even Stack Exchange sites are. Are you bothered? Or is creating more sophisticated such technology and exploiting a better thing?
Please, someone do enlighten an old fart why OpenId is used here, is a friend and not a foe, perhaps even in sheep's clothing...