DiscountASP.NET integrates Microsoft CardSpace

DiscountASP.NET, a Microsoft Windows-based shared hosting provider, announces today the beta launch of Microsoft CardSpace integration into their ASP.NET web hosting control panel.

The company states that in addition to the traditional username and password login access, customers with Internet Explorer 7 and CardSpace on their local computer can use personal Information Cards for password-free login to their hosting control panel.

According to the company, Microsoft introduced Windows CardSpace with the .NET Framework 3.0 release. They also hold that CardSpace replaces the traditional username and password authentication with tools that help users better manage their digital identities while shielding them from various forms of identity attacks, such as phishing or brute force password attacks.

Users can maintain a set of personal digital identities in the form of visual Information Cards, which can be self-issued or issued by an identity provider.

The company asserts that to use the CardSpace login option, users must first log into their hosting control panel and bind their InfoCard to their account using a newly launched Information Card Binding feature. After associating their InfoCard to their account, users can use the CardSpace login.

"The Control Panel CardSpace integration serves two main purposes. First, especially with the recent introduction of .NET 3.5 hosting, we wanted to demonstrate the use of new .NET 3.x technology," said Takeshi Eto, VP Marketing at DiscountASP.NET.

"Second, we wanted to give our customers the opportunity to provide feedback on CardSpace during this early stage as Microsoft works toward delivering on their vision for an Identity Metasystem."

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