For the past year Mozilla has been working on an experimental login system that completely eliminates passwords on websites while being safe, secure, and easy to use. Today we’re casting off the “experimental” label and announcing the first “beta” release of Persona.
Persona is ready to use for authentication: it works in all major smartphone, tablet, and desktop browsers, the user experience has been thoroughly reviewed and polished, we’re committed to the core APIs, and its infrastructure is highly available and stable.
What’s it like to integrate Persona? Watch a short video about why The Times implemented Persona for its world renowned crossword:
We haven’t just refined Persona, we’ve also significantly improved it since we first introduced it. Over the past few months we:
- Completely refreshed our brand, changing from the “BrowserID” codename to “Persona.”
- Developed an entirely new (and better) API.
- Streamlined the first-time user experience.
- Added support for showing your site’s name and logo in the login dialog.
These changes have been well received and we’re seeing Persona gain traction outside of Mozilla. If you are a developer, now is the time to try Persona out. Persona is an open source project and we gladly welcome input and collaboration from the broader community via our mailing list or our IRC channel (#identity on irc.mozilla.org).
This is the first of many beta releases, and we have some fantastic things planned for the future.
So, what are you waiting for? Persona coexists well with existing login systems and only takes a single afternoon to integrate. What’s more, because Persona logins are based on email addresses, sites still maintain a direct relationship with their users. Check out the documentation and add Persona to your site today!