One thing companies often forget when they are trying to be as “market-efficient” as possible:
Every time they cancel a product, people are less likely to trust them and adopt their stuff in the future. It increases their cost of getting adoption of future products.
Killing persona was certainly such a moment for me. Persona was so obviously better than what we had before, that I’m still not sure whether a company which felt threatened paid them to bin it.
And it wouldn’t be feasible for you that Mozilla just decided that they don’t have enough leverage to make Persona a big thing? The standard and implementations are still there and available.
It also didn’t serve their needs, whether or not that is actually the case, they would not be able (or want to) use it themselves: https://wiki.mozilla.org/Identity/Firefox_Accounts#What.27s_the_difference_between_Persona_and_Firefox_Accounts.3F
So instead they created another account for users “without adding all those complications”.
I think you are wrong here. Persona would have been a perfect service for logging into Firefox Accounts. It’s the thing Persona was designed for. The notion of Persona or Firefox Accounts doesn’t make sense.
And it wouldn’t be feasible for you …
Of course it’s feasible?
… that Mozilla just decided that they don’t have enough leverage to make Persona a big thing?
I don’t think they didn’t have enough leverage, they just misjudged the amount of time adoption would take. Many people don’t feel the burning need to change the architecture of existing projects right now, but would definitely adopt it for future projects.
From my perspective Persona was like “Mozilla: We released Persona, a great new auth-service … aaaaand it’s gone again!”. It was already abandoned before I could act.
I didn’t even know about Persona and reading about it made me want nothing else but this. Just recently livestream was hacked and I had to change my password. I decided to delete my account, the effort seemed to high for me only consuming on their site. I didn’t want to risk another password to be compromised, as I like to reuse them for less important sites. Persona would have solved this problem for me and for livestream.
I’m sure you’ve seen this before, but start using a password manager. I also used to reuse a password on less important sites. Only ended up being a pain in the ass, having most unimportant sites using the same password, but a few using some other password because I had to change or the unimportant password wasn’t “secure” enough.
I love pass, it is really simple, intergrates easily with git and is simply part of your filesystem. It works really well with something like dmenu