If you've logged into your commenting account today with your username and password, you may have been prompted to convert your account to third-party authentication, using either Twitter, Facebook, or Google. What does it all mean? you ask.
Why are you doing this?
All of the Gawker Media sites, including our beloved io9, are making this change for security purposes—namely to enhance your security as a user on our sites. By tying your commenting account to a Twitter, Facebook, or Google account, we're putting our account security layer in the hands of some of the best in the business—major sites with more security expertise and resources than anyone else on the web.
Do I need to convert my account?
Not necessarily. You only need to convert your account if you currently log into our sites with a username and password. If you were already logging in via Twitter or Facebook, you're fine.
How do I convert my account?
The conversion process is pretty simple. If your account needs to be converted, you should be prompted to do so when you login (like the image up top), or you will see a message prompting you to do so in the notification drop-down at the top right of the page. Simply follow the prompts to transition your account to whatever service you prefer.
Does converting mean I'll lose my identity with all my comments and friends?
Nope. The same username will display on all your comments, and your friends and previous comments will be intact. Basically, things are exactly the same as before; you just log in using a different method.
Will people be able to see my Twitter/Facebook/Google account on io9?
No. The only thing visible to other users will be the screen name you have already set on io9 and any other information you explicitly add to your profile. You may log in via Twitter/Facebook/Google, but no one on the site will know what your Twitter/Facebook/Google account is unless you add this information to your profile.
What about anonymity?
Some of you may prefer not to tie your commenting account to one of your IRL accounts. If anonymity is a concern, we suggest you use an anonymous account from one of these services.
Is this some new advertising scheme?
No. We only use your linked Facebook, Twitter, or Google account for login purposes. We are not using any information from your Facebook, Twitter, or Google accounts for ad targeting.
What if I need help?
We've got a much longer FAQ here, written by comment czar (and io9 contributor) Kaila Hale-Stern. If that FAQ still doesn't answer your questions, or if you have any trouble, concerns, or complaints, please send an email to email@example.com and we'll do everything we can to assist you.