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Mozilla Persona: A New Way to Protect Yourself Online

By September 29, 2012March 6th, 2023Technology News

If you don’t remember all of the passwords you use for your accounts, or you don’t feel comfortable typing them into every computer that you visit, the makers of Firefox have a new solution called Persona.

Persona just went into first Beta and is part of Mozilla’s BrowserID project. It’s designed to essentially do the same thing as several other login systems, like Facebook, Google, and Twitter. You can log into any website with a simple click of a button if you’ve logged into Facebook. Persona works the same way, though it’s too early to tell if it will be able to compete with the larger, more advanced services that already offer this feature.

Persona’s main aim is to provide a new way to log into a variety of websites without creating a ton of usernames and passwords, and it’s designed to protect your privacy while you do it. Persona doesn’t allow websites to collect information about where you’ve been and who you are, so the only one who ever has your browser history is you. Persona also works on any browser and not just Firefox.

The biggest difference between Persona and all of the other social networking services is that Persona will not track you as you browse, and all the others do.

Mozilla plans to make Persona the default login system for their new version of Firefox for phones, which is scheduled to launch next March. Mozilla has specifically avoided mentioning anything about how Google and Facebook track a user’s every move, and have just talked strictly about how well their particular system protects your data. “By using e-mails as authenticators, not real names, they let users be different people in different contexts. The ability to choose who we are on which sites and around which groups is integral to free expression and association, particularly online,” said Sarah Downey, an attorney and advocate for privacy software.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.