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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Why do sites split 'password' and 'username' retrieval into two separate operations?

I find this way of doing it highly annoying when I come back to a site I haven't used in a while. First having to enter my email to get my username and then enter my username and email to reset my ...
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When is the best time to ask a user to create a password?

I have seen some services ask the user to create a password on the initial signup form. I have seen others only ask the user to create a password after clicking on a verification link sent to their ...
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Variable Password Requirements Help

Standford University recently published a quick guide to their password requirements: While I quite like this method and this guide is great, I can't think of a nice way to concisely express this ...
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Should password complexity be shown at login page?

I believe most (or at least: many) users have passwords pretty much standard - they tend to use even literally the same password for most of the systems they access. This is insecure, of course, but ...
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Password Complexity Requirements

Anyone has research or data that shows correlation between using password complexity requirements and sign up conversion rate? Example of password complexity requirement:
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How should the sign-up page for a mobile website work?

How should the sign-up page for a mobile website be? For example:- Does repeat password make more sense or less on mobile version of a website. To put it differently, are users more prone to make a ...
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Allowing every password of 6+ characters. Good practice?

I am developing a file sharing and hosting service, and right now I don't have any requirements set other then that a password has to be at least 6 characters long. I also accept all characters. I'm ...
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Why should we ask the password twice during registration?

It would be easier to ask for a user's password only once during registration. The problem: The user could make a mistake while typing the password once because of hiding letters. The solution: The ...
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Logout after password change?

What is the convention regarding the following scenario: In a given system, a user is already logged in. He perform some tasks and then he change his own password. After this point, what should ...
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Forgot Password Inline vs. Separate Page

I recently encountered this approach for the Forgot Password link on the LLS site. When you select the link, you are not taken to another page. Instead, an email field is displayed. This seems to be a ...
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Changing password in user settings. Best method

I'm trying to think of the 'best' way for a user to change its password along with its user settings(Like name, e-mail etc.) I've got a form like this: Name: [text input] E-mailaddress: [text input] ...
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Argument for/against splitting login process into checking username, then ask password?

My boss has insisted for a while that our login process be divided into two steps on separate pages: on the first page, ask the user's e-mail address. On the second page, either display "user found" ...
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Which browsers allow users to reveal passwords in password fields?

Which browsers allow users to reveal passwords in password fields? I already know that Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 10 and Internet Explorer 11 (1). Cursory research did not reveal any ...
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What is the best way to inspire users to choose strong password?

Most of the users use weak passwords. They may use weak passwords even for services where they store sensitive information. I think it's because they don't believe that their password may be ...
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Forgot password— show the rules for that passphrase? [duplicate]

I know there's been a lot of discussion about password strength and indicators when signing up. I often find that when I forget a password for a site, its because I can't remember which set of rules ...
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Why do users erase all the password when they hit one wrong key, instead of just the last wrong character?

We login to applications almost every day. The password is stored in our fingers, as an automated process (if they have used it long enough). When users realize they have entered a wrong character ...
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Is it a bad idea to not allow users to register with an easy to guess password?

We all know them: password, password123, and letmein are all fairly common passwords and are easy to guess. Still, people use them. Would it be a bad idea to not allow users to use common passwords? I ...
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Show a password strength indicator without text?

Do people know what it means when there is a coloured bar that shows up below their password as they type? The users that will be using this form will be from all over the world and most likely ...
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Forgotten username, password or both

I am having some trouble with the wording of the following: Forgotten your Username or Password? Both? Where Username, Password and Both are links. Is there a need for the Both option or ...
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Best way to handle email verification before checking the user's password?

I'm creating an online service that requires users to sign in with their email address, and before they can sign in on a new device, they have to confirm it with an email message in their inbox. The ...
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Should password be set by users without security check?

I'm guessing if I should let my users choose their password without checking if there's at least 1 $pecial charact€r, 1 CAPLOCK, 1 numb3r... Shouldn't we just ask users to put a minimum of X ...
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Are there numbers and letters to avoid for activation codes via SMS?

We are at a fairly early stage in our application development and have run into a usability issue related to typing an activation code sent via SMS into a browser URL. Here's the basic scenario: ...
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barebone registration: is password repitition and captcha really essential?

If you design a barebone registration form which only requires email address and password as essentials can you omit the password repetition and captcha without too much technical trouble? I ...
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How to present password rules

How should feedback be given about password rules in registration forms? a) When you focus on the password field b) When you type the first letter of the password c) When you stop typing, plus a ...
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Form for admins to to create users: include option for setting password or sending email to user so user can set their own password

I am creating a form that will allows dealers of my company's product to create user accounts for their customers. When creating a new account, they can either set the password with the form, or have ...
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Strategy for making easy remembered, easy typed and secure password for mobile devices?

I make great passwords which I remember in my fingers when I'm on a laptop keyboard. But when I turn to mobile devices, I lose my muscle memory on the soft keyboard. To overcome this problem, I store ...
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What is an example of a mobile app using an eye icon for showing the password in clear text

I am seeking an example to use in the 2nd Edition of the Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, O'Reilly Media 2014, but I cannot find the example I thought I had on hand. Can you think of any?
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Usability and security for user access and password handling in a web application?

I'm looking at putting together a website aimed at ordinary users that will handle personal data which I don't want to be compromised. How can I make the site secure but also usable? It seems most ...
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Remember Me in an enterprise application: What to remember?

I've just finished a well-thought login validation mechanism and have asked myself the following question several times: What does the user expect when he checks the Remember me checkbox in an ...
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Password protected content / Modal dialog or submission form up-front?

I'm working on a page, where a portion of the information is going to be protected by a password. Would it be beneficial to have text that says "Please enter password to view content" right up front ...
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Prevent Active Directory password expiration when user never logs in

Let's assume the following in a hospital: Each nurse has her own Active Directory user, with a password. The password expires automatically 90 days after the password was set. A nurse uses her own ...
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Is it necessary to verify a user's email address?

It's pretty much a fact that users hate having to open a new tab, go to their email service, log in, wait for the email to arrive and then click a link/paste a code. Is it really necessary to do this ...
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Password confirmation vs. email confirmation

Is it more advisable to ask a confirmation to the email or a confirmation to the password in a website registration form? I'm asking this because I saw this blog post that was featured on Hacker News ...
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What is the recommended time before a reset password link expires?

I'm working on a financially leaning site and was curious — is there a standard amount of time to wait before expiring a reset password link once a user has forgotten his/hers and requested to reset ...
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How should I show a password exists on an edit password form?

We're salting + hashing all of our passwords, but we allow the user the option to edit his/her password. However, we cannot retrieve the password to put the proper amount of asterisks into the ...
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Should a password change/reset log you out remotely?

I have a app with multiple frontends. (Web/Android/iOS). If you do a password reset/change at one of the frontends, should it log you out of other places? I don't want to make things hard for users, ...
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Designing a password/authentication system usable for young children in a classroom

We are all familiar with the best password practices for websites which will be used by adults, such as storing passwords in one-way hashes, using password resets instead of emailing password, etc. ...
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Patterns for sign-in & registration forms that show password as plain text (unmasked)?

Jakob Nielsen suggested it in 2009 (http://www.nngroup.com/articles/stop-password-masking/), and Luke W concurs (http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1653), but are there any real-world implementations ...
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Is password confirmation necessary on a Change Password dialog?

On one hand there is no need to ask for password confirmation because it is annoying. If I made a mistake when confirming my password I'll need retype my very complex password again. There is also a ...
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How to show user login password is wrong after the first time e.g. flash “wrong password” message

This is a follow up to this question asking about what should be displayed when a user enters a wrong password. Here is my current design: when logging into a website if the user enters a wrong ...
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When registering should the passwords match/don't match still be shown if the initial password isn't strong enough

In a registration page the user is asked to enter a password. There are some (simple) rules for the password, so if the user enters "123" the text "password is too simple" will appear beside the input ...
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Forgotten passwords - should the temporary password expire?

Just designing the forgotten password form for a retailer. When researching other retailers, I've have noticed the temporary password link that gets sent to inbox's expire after a few hours. What is ...
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Is only having a single unmasked password field (no confirm) on a registration page a bad idea?

Some sites allow you to register and only provide a single password box, which is protected with stars. Traditionally a "confirm password" box is used when registering which allows you to confirm ...
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Login page & user parameters page: “password” field VS. “passphrase” field

For a secure application, we push users to use passphrases instead of passwords. We've got some explanations in the password change page. For the field, we use the label "passphrase" to push again the ...
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Should a user be logged in after resetting their password?

Lets assume following flow: I want to log in I don't remember password I click on the "forgot my password" link (email is dispatched) I check my inbox and click on the link I type in password and ...
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Is a “Never tell your password to anyone” message in chat really necessary?

In almost every chat window I open, there's this fairly obvious statement: Never tell your [password/credit card/social security/etc] to anyone. Are there some standards for chat functionality that ...
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Is it appropriate to display the warning message “Caps Lock is on”?

Is it appropriate to display the warning message "Caps Lock is on" when focus shifts to Password field? In gmail and yahoo I don't see it. So, what does the standard say?
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What's the advantage of disabling paste functionality for password input field? [duplicate]

Some web forms don't let the user paste text into password input fields. For example I just noticed this on Apple's iTunes Connect website: https://itunesconnect.apple.com/ I don't see any ...
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Forcing users to use a new password everytime they reset

This is getting common that while resetting one's password, web-applications force users not to use a password which they had used before. Just like forcing users to follow a particular pattern of ...
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Unlock Account for Highly Secure Website

I am working on project for a very secure sensitive website in which the objective is to make the "unlock account" workflow easy and intuitive. Currently, if user enters wrong username and password ...