Many times websites will ask users to login by typing in their Google, Twitter, or Facebook accounts. At the end of the day, who knows how many websites are linked to one’s personal accounts? A new application called BitID offers an alternative method which allows anyone to log on to websites in a practically anonymous manner. With BitID, users will only need a signed message from one’s Bitcoin address in order to login to a website. Hence, BitID offers a more secure alternative to the regular login processes.
BitID Introduces Secure Bitcoin Alternative
With BitID, one would have to simply scan the QR code with a phone to access one’s account. The private key is needed to sign a message during the login process. Therefore, it is necessary to have access to the private key in order to use BitID. This alternative is more secure than linking one’s social media accounts to various affiliated websites.
There are a couple of key advantages of using BitID over regularly available options. Some of them are:
- Facebook, Twitter, Google or other social media accounts will not be linked to other websites
- More security for individual
- More anonymity
- Just have to scan QR code to log onto websites
Even though the BitID method is more secure than regular login processes, sometimes things just go wrong. For precaution sake, extra security is always good. A hardware wallet that is able to connect with computers and laptops through Bluetooth called BTChip, is currently trying to use the BitID protocol for its services. The TREZOR hardware wallet is an extra security measure that can be used with BitID if a Chrome extension is implemented. These services are generally used by Bitcoin users who wish to secure their bitcoins. However, in this regard, the services can also be used to protect one’s online identity.
This innovative idea is a good step to providing more online security, especially after the Heartbleed issue that caused web technicians to go into a frenzy. Having more secure login options will provide the surety and security that users will appreciate.
Here is a video demonstration on how to use BitID.