Janrain to shutdown MyOpenID Q1 2014

Janrain CEO Larry Drebes has announced that the provider will be shutting down the authentication system in February of next year

One of the major providers behind the use of the OpenID authentication system, myOpenID, will shutdown February 1, 2014.

In an email to users on Wednesday, Larry Drebes, the CEO of Janrain, said that users will have until February to switch to alternate identities, while apologizing for the inconvenience.

The decision was made to close the service because the very support network that OpenID wished to establish, via their open framework, took hold. Unfortunately, that means myOpenID on its own isn't used as much, causing Janrain to change their business focus.

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"In 2006 Janrain created myOpenID to fulfill our vision to make registration and login easier on the web for people. Since that time, social networks and email providers such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo! have embraced open identity standards. And now, billions of people who have created accounts with these services can use their identities to easily register and login to sites across the web in the way myOpenID was intended," the email stated.

In 2008, the OpenID foundation gained strong support when IBM, Google, Microsoft, VeriSign and Yahoo joined their corporate board.

The OpenID framework was at the time an emerging solution to a growing authentication issue, one that some skeptics felt wouldn't last, and others didn't trust it. Today, thanks to the OpenID framework, users of Google, Yahoo, Facebook, AOL, and MSN can use their existing username and password to login to thousands of websites.

"By 2009 it had become obvious that the vast majority of consumers would prefer to utilize an existing identity from a recognized provider rather than create their own myOpenID account. As a result, our business focus changed to address this desire, and we introduced social login technology," Drebes' email concluded.

"For those of you who still actively use myOpenID, I can understand your disappointment to hear this news and apologize if this causes you any inconvenience."

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