confirmation that a user is who they claim to be, either by verifying what they know (password), what they have (a key) or what they are (fingerprints).

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When is user authentication really necessary?

Better said, how much harder is to mantain a forum/message-board/community webiste with unauthenticated users and what would be the benefits and disadvantages in comparison to an account-based one? ...
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When should “Log on” or “Log off” be used? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “Sign in” vs using “Log in” I'm porting an old application that has a "Log on" screen. When would I use "Log on" vs the alternatives (Sign ...
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Best way to add account providers?

I briefly looked at spotify and I found that they use 2 providers: Themselves and facebook. Ie I can log in to spotify with facebook. But then it asks me for my spotify account when I downloaded the ...
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How to tell the user his login credentials are incorrect?

When a user has entered incorrect details into a login form, is it better to tell them: The username or password you have entered is invalid. or The user name you have entered is invalid (for ...
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Is offering more than one openid/social-sign-in option a good idea?

Lots of sites nowadays offer the option to log in via Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and so on, and sometimes a standard username/password option as well. While this goes a long way toward helping users ...
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How can I encourage users to authenticate?

I am working on a post-sale customer support project for a US high street retailer (for the rest of this post I will refer to them as 'Jon's Cellphones'). The program will enable customers who ...
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Looking for 'planner' design patterns and opinions

We are designing a revamped part-time studies course catalogue at the post-secondary institution where I work. One of the features I have included is an authenticated planner for saving and ...
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WebApp User Login Screen

I am currently considering options for a web/intranet application login screen and this seems like a good place to share. Not much work has gone into the current screen since creation and it exists ...
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Is there a way to disallow multiple votes from one user without forcing authentication? [closed]

I'm looking for a way to prohibit voting rigging (cache/cookie-clearing, etc.) without requiring the user to jump through hoops (registration, authentication, etc.). Any ideas?
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Business application: Is it better to redirect or pop-up for re-authentication?

This question is geared for a line of business application someone would pay for, not a general public facing website. Is it better to redirect for authentication/re-authentication or show a pop-up? ...
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Why would you, for a local authentication site, have usernames, instead of using e-mail address to login?

In websites where authentication is local, or mixed local and remote (e.g. OpenID), I still often see the question for a username. I can very well understand this in the case of twitter, where the ...
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Whats more user friendly local authentication or remote authentication (OpenID, OAuth)

from a usability perspective only (not security) what do users find more comfortable A site with it's own login page (need to sign up but then easier to login) or a site with remote authentication ...