A couple weeks ago we announced a new feature that allows users to link multiple tokens to a single TrustBearer OpenID account. The original reason for doing this was to allow users to link a backup token to their account in case their primary token was lost.
I found another purpose for linking multiple tokens: convenience. I keep a keyboard with a few USB ports at the office. Every day I plug this keyboard into my laptop. I linked an additional token to my TrustBearer OpenID account and I keep this token plugged into my keyboard. Now, whenever I’m in the office I don’t need to go searching for my keys to log into an OpenID website.
Hardware that is built-in to our computers is much more convenient to use. I’m sure that Apple has increased video chatting with iSight cameras now included with every laptop they sell. For awhile Dell has been including smart card readers in their business-class laptops. Many IBM & Lenovo ThinkPad laptops include a built-in biometric swipe sensor. Will we ever see a smart card reader in a MacBook? I doubt it. But that’s another conversation…
For those of you who have been issued a smart card, either from your company, government, or private institution, do you carry around a reader with you all the time? Has having the card convinced you to get a laptop with a built-in smart card reader?