In the Stack Exchange routine to add a new login, the Verisign option is prominent.

If (as some users have observed) the Personal Identity Portal service will be discontinued in less than four months, then:

  • Stack Exchange should cease promotion of the Verisign option.

Here is the notification received by me:

Personal Identity Portal

PIP User,

This is to inform you that effective Monday 12 September 2016, Symantec will be discontinuing the service currently located at:


All content from the service will be discarded and there will be no backups made. It is the user's responsibility to remove any content as after the date above it will not be recoverable.

This will be the only notification provided. Due to the nature of the service, there is no migration plan available.

If you have any questions you can send an email to:

[email protected]

Thank you.

Other observations on the notice of discontinuation:


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We notified users who had Verisign as their only login credential of the impending shutdown a while back.

Now that September 12 has come and gone, I pushed a change to remove it from all login and sign up screens, as well exclude it from showing up in account recovery emails.

Another provider bites the dust.

  • So what happens to users who had it as their only login and didn't change? They can't login to Stack Exchange anymore? Sep 14, 2016 at 6:28
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    @ShadowWizard Here's hoping they at least had an email on file with us so they can go through account recovery.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Sep 14, 2016 at 6:29
  • @AdamLear I never had an email on file, so.... it appears this account is lost: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/286924/…
    – Zombies
    Nov 14, 2016 at 7:02

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