A secret word or string of characters that is used for authentication, to prove identity or gain access to a resource.

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How to explain the concept of choosing password to user

We have an online store application that uses one-time passwords for user login. The user enters her email address, and we email her a one-time password to log in with. She doesn't choose any ...
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Observable password inputs

An obvious problem with passwords is that if an observer sees a user enter it, then the user has lost the password secrecy. Some systems try to defend against this with dark screens or with shields ...
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Why warn about caps lock for passwords, instead of ignoring caps lock for password characters?

Many login screens warn the user if the caps lock key is switched on. Most prominently the windows login screen. Does this offer any advantage compared to simply ignoring the caps lock key and ...
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Ask a user to change password (not mandatory action but desirable)

I'd like to know ways to encourage users to take action and change their password, specially those where security could be compromised (eg. 123456, 1234, abc123, etc). From now on these combinations ...
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What percent of users use iCloud or iCloud + Keychain? (Handoff and Safari SSO experience)

I am trying to prioritize the R&D and Q/A for the following Apple iOS features: Handoff (Sharing current documents among active devices) Keychain (Where a password in Safari can be saved ...
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Decision tree / flow diagram for mobile email / password confirmation

This UI design pattern keeps coming up and I'm wondering whether there are any best practices out there that can improve the quality of my solution. The pattern is: type your email (or password), ...
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Creating a new password for login [duplicate]

I have noticed recently - that MOST websites - when you go through the "forgot password" loop - that you go to a page - enter your new password - and then they'll say "You have successfully updated ...
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Display time to crack password in 2 different scenarios

I'm making an alternative to Roboform's How Secure is my Password with Dropbox's zxcvbn. A cool feature of zxcvbn is that it not only returns the amount of time required for cracking the password ...
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How to guide minors to create strong passwords

I am designing a web application for 10-13 year olds that will be used in schools. When the kids create their account, they will be asked to create a password. I am struggling to come up with a way ...
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What is the best practice for password field placeholders?

It seems like the accepted best practice for email fields is to have a label and an example email address. Assuming you want a consistent style, the label will make it clear that it's a password ...
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change password on first use (using temporary password from letter)

I am working on a financial web app which clients access to view their funds. Currently the clients are sent a letter with a temporary password for first login which when used takes them to a change ...
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Why enter again (or at the very least confirm) my email address when I click “Forgot password”?

In most, if not all, web forms for logging into a site, you have your forgot password link. When clicking the link, you get a new form (usually in a new page) either empty (!) or prefilled with the ...
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Should editing a password be 2 step process or all in one form?

We have a web application whereby a user's profile screen uses a card-based layout. One of the cards allows users to update their password. Our team is split on how the password card should be laid ...
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Forgot Password Icon? How's this? [closed]

I've been using just a little speech bubble with a question mark in the middle to signify a lost password link, like this one: For a redesign of the site, I've created a new one that I think better ...
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How to show password on a user's profile page

I'm working on a web application with a profile page, which is browsed by admin. According to scenario admin may see and change all the information on user's page including the password. User himself ...
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Would you get rid of Password field in sign-up form

Imagine this, you are signing-up for a product and you get asked the same old questions when creating an account(Name, email address etc) with the exception of a password. After you sign-up, an email ...
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Where to redirect the user after a password recovery email has been sent

I am working on the flow for password recovery and can't determine where to redirect the user once an email has been sent to help them complete the process. They enter their email address on this page ...
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Should a (permanent) password field show the correct amount of bullets of the entered password?

I'm working on an desktop program and noticed the following interface: Don't want to go into the details of the form, but basically, the user can enter an alternative username/password to login ...
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Does it make sense to authenticate a user when he/she provides existing valid credentials while registering?

Someone came up with this proposed behavior recently and I haven't been able to find examples of services working the same way. I have to say I don't really like it, but can't put my finger on a ...
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Implementing a passphrase instead of a password

I was reading about UX and passwords to try to decide on explaining the requirements (ex: 1 capital letter, 1 number, 1 special character,eight characters) and came across this answer which sent me ...
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Data on benefits of show password reset form

Most UX designers are clear that having 1 new password field with a mechanism to show the password is a better user experience than using 2 fields for 'New password' and 'Confirm password'. Is there ...
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Prompting user for password input with inline editing

I have a page where the user can edit their settings using inline editing. https://jsfiddle.net/ahw97j7r/3/embedded/result/ Useless stuff just updates the database, but Password and Email are a ...
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Should the user's password field be included (with all the hassle) on the settings page?

What is the best implementation of changing user settings with respect to the password change? I have a rails app, and if a user goes to the "update profile" page, the password field has to be ...
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Why do some websites (including Google) trim whitespaces in passwords?

I have just noticed that Google as well as some other sites trims the whitespaces in the password. I can successfully sign into my google account even if I add extra spaces in the end of my password. ...
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Is there an accepted standard for passwords?

It's frustrating how some websites require symbols while some don't allow them, some require a capital or number while others don't, some don't allow the same consecutive characters, etc. Every once ...
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Why not show password criteria on login screen?

I have frequently bumped into this issue: sites ask for my password (e.g. Stack Exchange itself) when I want to do something like updating my profile. This is per se a low priority site for me so I ...
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Should users be given the option to sign up to a website without having to set a password?

For many sites as a user I'm not really bothered about security as there's little of value on the site So should users be given the option of signing up to a website without setting a password ?
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How many atempts should you give a user before invalidating his password?

What I am trying to avoid here is brute force attacks on a user's password. And I am thinking about doing that by invalidating his password when too many attempts are made in the same minute, hour, ...
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Which is the better UX for a user to see their password at the login screen?

These are the two options I'm considering. Having a tickbox for a 'show password' option, which would let the user see their password. A 'caps lock' icon would be in the password text area which ...
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Is there any research into whether/how people save username/password combinations?

It's something of an open secret that many people don't handle the security of their accounts online in the same way the designers of such systems would want them to. This is why we often see text ...
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Should users be allowed to use any special character they want when creating a password?

I came across a number of login configuration settings where there is a list of allowable special characters and was wondering: Does this limitation cater for a specific security or usability need? ...
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Is it a good idea to expire passwords after a time relative to their complexity? [duplicate]

Is it a good idea to expire passwords after a time relative to their complexity? Is it a good way to teach users to use secure passwords? (relevant xkcd: correct horse battery staple) I'm thinking of ...
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Should password reset functionality email a temporary password or just a reset link?

When a user submits a reset password form, which UX is preferred? A temporary password is created for them to use. It's emailed to them. They log in and then a permanent change password form is ...
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Is it ever useful to show the Password Requirements on page load?

I have a hypothesis that I have no idea how to test other than lots of observational testing, but perhaps someone has covered this already. On signing up to a new service and being presented with the ...
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Should passwords expire?

I have a dispute with my partner. He comes from a financial software background but I do not. He recommends that our web app should expire user's passwords after 6 months (and it has to be unique each ...
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Any suggestions for letting user Activation by clicking link OR typing in confirmation code?

Sometimes, our users do not have access to their email on the same device they are using our web app on, for example, they can check their email on their iphone, but the iphone is too small to use ...
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Inform user of invalid email on password reset

Should the user be told if they enter an email which is not in the database? User forgets their password and clicks a link to reset it. Page displays "An email was just sent out to youremail@bla.com ...
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Should I use multiple '*' when typing in one character?

I am designing a secure password login page. I am thinking about outputting multiple * for one typed character. For example: User types: a Password field shows: ****** My rationale for this is ...
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Any evidence password strength indicators break user journey?

Have any studies been conducted on whether password strength indicators break user journey's. Here is a hypothetical scenario: As a customer of an eCommerce website, I am ready to make a purchase ...
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What is the best way to ask users for multiple passwords?

I am creating an app which includes payments and by following banking regulations I need to ask the users for a four-digit password as well as an OTP (one-time PIN sent to the user's phone) every time ...
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Are there any good guidelines to how many passwords a user can safely remember?

In an ideal world we each would have one password to remember, and that would be a strong password and we would change it every month or so. But we don't live in an ideal world, and we have to access ...
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When should I validate that the password in a confirmation field matches the first password entered?

If a user creation page has a field where you are asked to re-enter your password, when should the page validate that the second password matches the first? I do not have control over whether or not ...
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Automatic login on password reset

This question has been raised on http://security.stackexchange.com/questions/40723/why-do-you-need-to-login-after-you-change-a-password - With security in mind As one user states: "From a security ...
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Username & Password for selling page Yes or No?

I appreciate your given opinion about this: I intend to send an email to a specific target audience in order to offer small business owners (around the world) a product which is not cheap. (I don't ...
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“My account” page mockup - change password form on this page?

I am mocking up a very minimalistic user-account page. It consists of just three functions - a counter that displays your available uses, field to redeem a code and a link to a form where you can ...
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Change Password Form

When allowing a user to change their password is it necessary to add a confirm password field? as follows: Current Password New Password Password Strength Meter Confirm New Password (Is this field ...
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Best practices for picture password implementation

Instead using of the conventional password design (***** in a text entry field) in my mobile application, I've been thinking about letting the user create a 4 item password from a collection of 10 ...
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Does a crime security alert app need its users to register?

I was asked to work on a police security alert system as a school project. The app notifies a user about security info and lets users (citizens of a place) notify police agencies around them. I was ...
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Show special keyboard view when entering a password on mobile devices?

Mobile operating systems typically show different virtual keyboards depending on context. The default keyboard might show A-Z, while a keyboard for entering a telephone number might show 0-9 (so you ...
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Security questions vs secret password/passcode when logging in or retrieving login details?

I am currently in the process of re-designing a login process which uses security questions to verify the identity of users before they are successfully logged in, and also to allow them to reset ...