Via Security Now I recently learned of a valuable Verisign service that ties your Open ID identity to a second-factor “thing you have”, the Verisign-supplied Secure ID token. Paypal & Ebay are offering the tokens at a subsidized $5. Verisign sells the same FOBs for $30.
Verisign VIP is the backend for the Paypal Secure ID system.
Verisign PIP offers a beta of the Open ID service [though beta it seems to work fine].
The value of Open ID will grow as more sites adopt. The idea is to have one secure login valid across the internet. Note: if you register [bind] your Secure ID FOB with PIP you can really lock down your single sign-on identity. Of course you can have multiple identities — e.g., a “don’t care” identity with no hardware FOB you might use for NYTimes.com etc.
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