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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Sxipper Helps You Manage Your Online Identity

Never forget a password again! Identity management company Sxip has released a Firefox extension called Sxipper ("Skipper") that remembers every password you enter and also auto-fills registration forms. Your personal information is encrypted and stored on your computer so privacy concerns should be minimized.

A Sxipper dialog box opens up when you need to login to a site, and you can choose how much information you want to release to the site. Interestingly, you can create and contribute something called a semantic map that lets Sxipper know how to fill out a form. Something of a social element in all this. Sxipper is also OpenID compatible so as that standard becomes more entrenched, you'll be able to more smoothly logon around the web.

One thing I am concerned about is the size of the extension: it weighs in a 2.1 MB, which is huge for a Firefox extension. Given that Firefox has a built-in password manager, and there are alternative form fillers, you might want to pass this up if space and speed are concerns. If not, Sxipper looks like a nicely designed tool for more efficiently managing your online identity.


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