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Where can I get an OpenID in order to register and login?

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The best place to go for information about getting an OpenID is http://openid.net/get/.

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I've just found out that you can use Google and Gmail accounts directly if you login specifying https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id as the OpenID URL. It will ask you to either login to your Google account or authorize your Google account.

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I got mine from verisign: https://pip.verisignlabs.com/

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myopenid.com is good.

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If you have a website, you can turn it into your OpenID. I think Jeff covered it (or one of the comments does) in his blog post on OpenId.

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I use a certificate-based OpenID provider at http://certifi.ca (from the same fellow that brought you http://identi.ca). Generate a client certificate from somewhere like CACert and use that as your certificate for secure OpenID login at certifi.ca.

I have to admit, though, when using a site like Stackoverflow which only allows OpenID,and only one OpenID at that, a certificate-based OpenID can be a hassle. For instance, I cannot log in to Stackoverflow from my iPod Touch, and I have to carry my certificate with me on a thumb drive so I can install it (often temporarily) in the browser I;m using at the moment.

That said, it's more secure than other options, and it allows SSL access, which not all OpenID providers do. After all, how secure is your id when you're transmitting it over the open network?

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If you carry a phone, consider using phone-based auth like myOpenID's CallVerifID. No browser installation required. (Disclaimer: I work for myOpenID.) –  keturn Sep 26 '08 at 7:08

Stack Exchange has its own OpenID provider: StackExchange OPENID.

It is one of the integrated login providers for the Stack Exchange sites (obviously), but you can use it with any site that supports the OpenID scheme.

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Can you write questions without an OpenId??

Anyway http://openid.net/get/

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Yup. You can do pretty much everything as an unregistered user. You just lose any rep or badges if your cookie gets deleted. –  Mark Biek Sep 25 '08 at 16:14

A good safe way of doing this would be to follow the Get an OpenID flow at http://openid.yahoo.com.

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I like using my LiveJournal account as my OpenID provider. If you want a personal blog in a writing-centric social network, it's hard to beat, and the developers have done many innovative things without turning it into the closed systems of MySpace and Facebook.

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I use www.myvidoop.com, it's pretty neat.

But just take a look at the suggestions on the Stackoverflow.com login page, there's quite a few to choose from.

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If, like myself, you're a Gmail or iGoogle user, with a Google login, you can use blogger.com

You need to jump through a couple (simple) hoops to setup your blog (which you don't need to use), but once its up in the settings you can enable openID, and get the ID: .blogger.com.

Blogger uses your Google account details, so no need to sign up for anything new.

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I use myopenid, however in the past week or two Microsoft and Google have both announced they're getting onboard and becomign providers. 99.99% of people have an account with at least one of these two -- if not both. Since stackoverflow currently forces you to stick with the account you registered with I'm kind of bummed, but they've stated they have this on their to-do list. Yippie no more needing to remember an OpenID account I use for nothing!

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