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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“Change password”, “change your password” or “pick a new password”?

I have seen these different phrases on various websites and I was wondering which one sounds warmer, more inviting and more trustworthy? Which is more user-friendly? Personally I don't understand ...
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Should ergonomics be added to password strength meters?

After getting locked out of my account for typing in my password incorrectly several times in a row, I realized that the password I chose is too prone to typos and has resulted in locked accounts. It ...
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Pros and Cons for having same form for login, register and forgotten password

I have notice some sites have the same form for login, register and forgotten password. Below the form you have 3 buttons i forgot my password register log me in What are the pros and cons on ...
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Reverse and optimize the sign up process for double opt-in

The perceived majority of websites have a quite similar approach to double opt-in signups: all information required to sign up is required before sending a confirmation e-mail. The confirmation e-mail ...
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What is an easier unlock pattern: gesture or code?

There are two popular ways to unlock a phone. iPhone makes you type in a numerical code. Android gives you the option to draw a gesture. Which of these two is easier to remember and easier to execute? ...
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Password recovery process: temporal password vs. change it yourself

I'm looking for analyzing if giving a temporal password when some user forgets its actual password and requires to log into an application (in my case, it's a Web application) is a good idea. From my ...
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Wouldn't it be a good UX practice to give hints to users to help them remember their passwords?

Although most of the places on the internet allow users to login with their existing Google or Facebook account, there are still many places where this is not an option. In such cases, remembering ...
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Password reset with lost email functionality

I have searched and viewed most of the other questions and answers about implementing forgot password functionality on a website. However, we have a unique situation. When a user registers an account ...
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What is a Design pattern for “Remember Me” that forces user to explicitly choose “remember” or "do not remember?

We have a very nontechnical user base. We provide a "Remember Me on this computer" option (checked by default) but perhaps it should not be checked by default. However, I want to make sure they have ...
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Passwords: Speed of conversion from displayed to 'starred'

On an Android phone, passwords are automatically converted to a 'starred' format a few seconds after each character is input. However I find this happens too quickly to visually double check that I ...
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Potential UX issues with password-less logins?

There is a fantastic article entitled Is it time for password-less login? that suggests that we could use the "reset password" link as the default login action to any site. It provides a lot of ...
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Optional password field on login

We want all users to enter their employment ID so we can identify them, but it's not so important that we require them to register or remember a password. Some users will be registered for the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...