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WebID account recovery / pairing.

From: Andrei Sambra <andrei.sambra@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 16:28:11 +0100
Message-ID: <CAFG79eiEkuNSvsLX4199i42ggiP6wbLGdpvmos-5i3LYm92y5Q@mail.gmail.com>
To: "public-rww@w3.org" <public-rww@w3.org>
Hello everyone,

I am proud to announce that MyProfile (https://my-profile.eu/) now allows
users to recover their accounts in case something happened with its
corresponding certificates. This feature is only available to local

Account recovery works in three steps.

First, when a user creates a new account, he/she has the option to provide
an email address for recovery purpose (an email will never be disclosed to
anyone else). Users can modify the recovery email address at any time by
visiting the Preferences (https://my-profile.eu/preferences) page.

Then, if the user ever needs to recover access to his/her account, they can
just go to https://my-profile.eu/recovery and type in their WebID. The
system will generate a one-time code and then send an email with
instructions on how to recover the account (basically just having to click
on a URI). The code expires (is removed) once the user has logged in with

Finally, once logged in, the user can now go to their profile page (
https://my-profile.eu/view) and click on the certificate icon in the
Actions list (top of the page). The system will generate a new certificate,
bind it to the user's account, and then install it in the user's browser.


On the other hand, pairing allows users to log into MyProfile from a
different computer and/or browser (mobiles too!). To pair a different
browser, one has to log into MyProfile using their WebID as usual. Next, a
new PIN will be generated simply by going to Preferences and clicking the
"Generate a new PIN" button. The new PIN has a lifetime of only 60 seconds,
so you need to be fast!

To authenticate with the PIN, users will have to go to the recovery page,
type in the PIN, and then press "Pair". That's it.

Remember that uou don't need to have a local account to use the pairing
feature, you just need to be able to log in once with your WebID!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reply.

Received on Monday, 11 February 2013 15:29:01 UTC

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