In his article, Jadoos offers single sign-on widget, Terdiman writes:
Jadoos’ service–which is currently in a closed beta period–is a widget that floats above the desktop on users’ computers. It looks suspiciously like an iPhone, but gives users a simple and even elegant way to log in to the many sites they use, all with that single sign-on. It works, as I surmised from the company’s demo, by having users add any sites they want to their account, entering their IDs and passwords, and then allowing those users to simply click on the site’s icon on the widget and choose to log in.
There are some other features, including IM, being added to the service, but it’s meat and potatoes offering is the single sign-on feature which is something that a lot of people are wanting, but scared to use. Firefox and IE can remember your useranames and passwords and apply them as you visit your various internet sites of choice, but you still are, basically, signing on each indivdual site. It sounds like Jadoos will be able to go to all the sites you use regularly and sign in for you. So, you tell it that you want to log into Facebook, Twitter, Google, and WordPress and then when you go to those site, you are already logged in automagically.
The fear here is that you will be giving your log-in credentials from your favorite site(s) to a third party, who may or may not, have the ability to keep your information safe. This is one big reason that services like these haven’t caught on yet. You are leaving your self vulnerable to people who want nothing more than to have your log-in information for whatever purposes. But, one could also argue that you are just as susceptible to those dangers when you tell your browser to remember the same usernames and passwords. Taking that one step further, there is no 100% guarantee that those sites you visit most are keeping your information safe either. And, chances are, most people use the same username and password for their most visited, and most trusted sites. So, are you really safe? Most people of come to feel fairly safe while surfing the net and tend not to think about the fact that there are people out there trying to get your information. If you think about it too much, you’ll make yourself crazy, and although we know we should change our passwords on a regular basis, most internet users simply don’t if for no other reason than it is too hard to remember. You end up keeping a list of usernames and passwords somewhere, probably on your computer, and then you are no more safe from predators than if you just remembered one or two passwords.
Regardless, I am looking forward to the site opening up to more beta users or the general public. One of the main reason is that if you use multiple computers throughout the day, then it is hard, and sometimes time consuming, to get all the user information on each machine. If you are interested in other services like this, check here for more information.
Safe and happy surfing.