science_fingerprintAs close as five years ago, many of the identity products on the web were built off of proprietary, one-use systems that fit the needs of the site or service that was implementing them but nothing else. The main purpose of these products was simply to be able to log a person in and associate actions and configuration settings to that given user.
Much changed over the years since then. The concept of basic auth, passing a username and password through an HTTP request became a very popular methodology for a company to extend its identity influence to application integrators off of its own platform; Twitter was a very popular service that implemented this system for its authentication. From this basic premise, services that abstracted out the authentication credentials of a user became more popular, like OpenID. At the same time authorization systems (allowing a user to give an application permission to access their details and do things on their behalf) also started targeting majorRead More »from The History and Current Trends in the Identity Industry