I use OpenID to log in to all my Stack Exchange accounts. If my OpenID provider ever shuts down, will my profiles be inaccessible? Will I have to register new accounts, thus losing all my reputation, badges and favorites?

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    Since you know its closing down, why not switch providers? – Journeyman Geek Jan 16 '14 at 13:53
  • I think what he's asking is will he basically have to register a new account, thus losing any rep he's gained on various Stack sites with his existing one? – MattD Jan 16 '14 at 14:56
  • Yes, that is my concern. I didn't find an option in the account settings of stackexchange to change the way I log in. I always have to click on "use openid". – atripes Jan 17 '14 at 9:46

You can go to your user profile and click on "my logins" to link another auth provider to your account:

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Relevant help center pages:

Why do I see the message “OpenId endpoint not found” when I try to log in?

If you cannot log into your OpenID provider, or if you know your provider has ceased supporting an OpenID, please create a new account and then contact us to request an account merge.

Still, it's better to prevent problems if you know this will happen, so…

How do I add or remove login credentials from my account?

Please Note: MyOpenID is no longer actively supported by Janrain. If your only login for your Stack Exchange account is MyOpenID, we suggest that you add a backup login method, as any outages in MyOpenID could lock you out of your Stack Exchange account.

Adding additional logins to your account is useful because it provides a way to access your account in case you lose your password. You can choose Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, and other popular OpenID providers; create a new Stack Exchange OpenID by providing your email address and creating a password; or you can manually enter another OpenID address.

Note that account recovery does not work with external OpenID providers.

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