I received the following message but I am not sure that it is a real message or is spam. Is it it really a message from SE sent to all participants?

"Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange are ending support for third party OpenID providers. Your immediate action is needed in order for your account to stay active.

Please click to add an email and password credential to your account.

Alternately you can associate your account with Google or Facebook via the same link.

OpenID will be no longer supported on July 25, 2018. If you haven’t updated your account before then you will lose access to your account."

  • $\begingroup$ I think it is spam. I have not received such email. Of course, send an email query to a trusted StackExchange contact to confirm. Of course, don't click on the links in the suspect email. Gerhard "Don't Trust And Always Verify" Paseman, 2018.06.25. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 25, 2018 at 22:50
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    $\begingroup$ @GerhardPaseman Presumably, you don’t log in through a third party OpenID provider. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 26, 2018 at 12:49
  • $\begingroup$ @EmilJeřábek What does it mean third party Open ID provider? $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 9:56
  • $\begingroup$ It means an OpenID provider other than StackExchange itself. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 28, 2018 at 11:31
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know what OpenID is. I use my Yahoo account to login to StackExchange. Should I do something to continue in SE? $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 6, 2018 at 13:34
  • $\begingroup$ @PVanchinathan I log in the same way. Just to be safe, I added a stackexchange email+password login method here mathoverflow.net/users/mylogins/me $\endgroup$
    – j.c.
    Commented Jul 10, 2018 at 9:50

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The message is real. Its content matches the post Support for OpenID ends on July 25, 2018 by a Stack Exchange employee.

It was not sent to all participants, only to those whose login method is being phased out. Another SE employee tweeted:

Heads up: we're about to send an email out to about 120,000 users who only have an OpenID to login to Stack Exchange. We'll be removing OpenID support from our code entirely in 30 days. This is for .NET Core, testability, and our sanity.


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