Most of us have used Facebook as a simple way to log into accounts. Today, Facebook's making it even easier by allowing you to login to websites with just your phone number. You don't even need to have a Facebook account.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Web security firm VeriSign has re-launched its Personal Identity Portal, an OpenID-backed portal that provides one-click sign-ins for many popular webapps and e-commerce sites. The biggest downside from using a software solution or another login handler is having to visit your personalised PIP page before moving ahead, but that can be a blessing if you can remember your password there but not at, say, Circuit City. The PIP page provides bookmarklets for quick access, but security-conscious users can also require that VeriSign authenticate another key or a browser certificate before granting access. The PIP service is free to use, and works wherever OpenID is supported. To learn more about OpenID, check out our review and walk-through.Personal Identity Portal
Windows/Mac/Linux (Firefox): CookieSwap performs a simple function, but it's a serious help for those who manage multiple log-ins on any site, be it Gmail, Flickr, a Google account, or anything else. Simply click on the extension in the status bar to choose a cookie profile while you're browsing, and log in wherever you want to keep accounts saved under that profile. If you arrive at a site you want to switch accounts for, simply switch to a different profile and head to the site's login page. Those needing only a solution for Google or Gmail can get by with the Greasemonkey-based Google Account Multi-Login or the Gmail Manager Firefox extension, but for computers without multiple accounts or web-based workers with a lot of different usernames, CookieSwap could prove pretty helpful. CookieSwap is a free download and works wherever Firefox does.CookieSwap