What is OpenID?

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What is OpenID?

OpenID is your passport to any website that requires a Username and password. Once you create an OpenID, you never have to go through the registration process again for the sites that support OpenID.

OpenID is based on the concept that we can identify ourselves on the internet the same way websites do with a URL or web address. With OpenID authentication, your Username is your URL, and your password or other credentials stay safely stored on your OpenID Provider.

For more information and to learn how you can make AOL your OpenID Provider, please visit http://openid.net/.

How can I sign in to websites with my OpenID account?

To sign in to an OpenID-enabled website (even one that you've never accessed before), just type your OpenID URL into your browser. The website will then redirect you to your OpenID provider. You can then sign in using the appropriate credentials. Once your credentials are authenticated, your OpenID provider will send you back to the website with the necessary credentials to sign you in.

How can I get an AOL OpenID account?

If you choose AOL as your OpenID provider and you already have an AOL Username, then your URL will be http://openid.aol.com/[Username]. You can use this URL to sign in to OpenID-enabled websites.

If you choose AOL as your OpenID Provider and you don't have an AOL account, you will have to create an AOL account. For instructions, go to How do I create an AOL or AIM account? After creating your account, you will be able to use the URL http://openid.aol.com/[screen name] to log on to OpenID-enabled websites.

Can I log on to AOL sites using a non-AOL OpenID account?

We are working toward supporting third-party OpenIDs. Once this is done, you’ll be able to sign in using your third-party OpenID. If an AOL property is able to support a third-party OpenID, you should see a tab with the OpenID logo as a log-in option. Stay tuned!



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Last updated: 03-08-2012
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