[Bitcoin-development] Draft BIP for seamless website authentication using Bitcoin address

Eric Larchevêque elarch at gmail.com
Fri Apr 4 16:00:43 UTC 2014


>
> Hmmm, well TREZOR requires a web plugin. So if nobody installs plugins
> then we have a problem :) But regardless, actually like I said, you don't
> need a plugin. Browsers do it all already. With the <keygen> tag they even
> create a private key and upload the public part to be signed for you, it's
> seamless for the user. I wanted to give you a link to a demo site, but I
> can't find it anymore :(
>
>
If you buy a TREZOR you will of course install the plugin :)

What I mean is that normal people are lazy : if the solution is already in
their hand they will use it, if they need to install/configure something,
they won't do it.

I'm not trying to propose a solution to solve the auth on the web, but to
ease the sign up / login on the Bitcoin ecosystem websites and apps.
More sign ups to new services (whatever the services) = more usage =
expanding ecosystem = more global value to Bitcoin

Wallets are a key element of the equation because :
- everyone has one (desktop or mobile)
- everyone (in theory) has already taken all steps to backup and secure
their keys
- id yourself with a Bitcoin address often makes sense on a Bitcoin related
service

Eric
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