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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Case sensitive vs case insensitive passwords

My website has always used case insensitive passwords for millions of users. The security specialist is pushing us to change to case sensitive passwords. Are there any studies or best practices on ...
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Should my app send a confirmation email on user registration?

I'm grappling with the user registration experience for my application. I'm considering this model: User enters... Username Password Password confirmation Email address The app displays a ...
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Should I use two steps or one when users change password?

I currently have a page dedicated to changing passwords. There are 2 options: A 2 step option: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups download bmml ...
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show password user experience

I have an email and password field on the sign up form. A password rule text and a show password checkbox appear below the password field. The rules for showing the div containing password hint text ...
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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 two-field confirmation for emails or passwords user-friendly? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why should we ask the password twice during registration? It is a very common pattern to require a user to enter things like an email address, or - more importantly - a ...
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Encryption of chat messages and possibility of password loss

I have a client-server chat like app. I would like to add an encryption of messages for users. So, that they will be sure that no one, even service owner, can read their confidential information. I'm ...
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User Authentication/Timeout for web-app with personal Information

The concept behind "Remember my Username" and even allowing browsers to save your "username and password" for this site seems like it could be controversial. Given that different audiences prefer ...
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Forgot Password Alternatives?

Does anyone know of a good alternative to the Forgot Password link on login forms? I'm not looking to eliminate the link, but to provide an alternate method for retrieving lost passwords. Our current ...
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Should we require confirmation before resetting a password?

If a user has forgotten their password for a service, the convention is that they should need only their username and/or registered email address in order to reset their password -- in our case that ...
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Should I provide a “Forgot Password” option for a one-time sign in Android application?

Right now we are developing an android application for a website. In the web site there is this "Forgot Password" option. But should i have that option in my android application too?? Anyways i am ...
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Should password fields be blanked when inline validation fails?

This question with a similiar name refers to registration, but in my case, I would like to address submission. My use cases are: A login form consisting of a email address. A change password form ...
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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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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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Is it good user experience to only require an email address at signup?

Is it a good idea to only require an email address from users at signup (without a password or other details)? After they sign up, we will send a random password to their email address; this password ...
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Password validation in login form

In registration form, I have client side validation for strength of password. For example password should be not less than 6 symbols, consists at least 1 digit, and at least 1 letter. For example: ...
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Should we disallow common passwords like “password” and “12345”?

Studies show that people can use some really "insecure" passwords. Here's Mashables worst 25 passwords of 2011 for example. To protect security on our sites (and the overall experience of less-hacked ...
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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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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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Why does the AppStore prompt the user for password for free apps? [closed]

This is something I've been thinking about for a while. Why does the App Store prompt the user for a password regardless whether the app is free or not? My theory is that of consistency; Since you ...
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Should we send both username and password after registration?

After users have registered on a website, should that website send both username and password in their registration confirmation email ?
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How to show password reset option

In my website I put password recovery option hidden. I know there are two options to deal with it. Classical way, Show it as the next sentence to the register link. Example, "Want to try? Sign up ...
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Usable examples, recommended practices for interfaces optimized for using pass-phrases instead of passwords

Reading through What is the best way to inspire users to choose strong password?, I realized I have never used an interface where the primary login password system would use pass-phrases (and where ...
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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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What solutions do you use to host html prototypes for your clients [closed]

I have been using a basic hosting service to host html prototypes for clients. I have realized that I need a solution that can offer me greater control e.g. to allow me to set master passwords for all ...
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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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Sign-in Methods for Visitors without Social Networking Profiles

If a visitor needs to sign-on at your site and they don't have any social profiles, their only option is to use a traditional (double opt-in) registration process. That is why websites should always ...
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Best method of rating passwords

I'm creating a webpage which has user accounts and I'd like input on the best way of rating the user's password. There are four ways to rate passwords which I have encountered: Rate the password ...
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Any usability studies on password strength meters?

I put together a password strength meter for a signup form, and overall it works very well. It hooks into our DB for the "rules" (number of characters required, mix of letters and numbers, etc.), and ...
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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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Forgotten Passwords - is there a real benefit to asking for memorable password hints on signup?

On several signup forms I see fields such as "Choose your Memorable Password Question". Is this actually benifical nowadays? Surely a more secure method if someone forgets their password is to build a ...
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Social Login adoption vs Traditional Login

I have implemented janrain's social login on my website. I am wondering how important it is to include a traditional login (email/password) system. I believe there may be a significant percentage of ...
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Is it good to create a separate screen for change password?

I have a web-page to create a new user; Now, I want to use the same page for editing the user's profile. Is it good to use the same page for change password? OR do I have to create a separate page, ...
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Password and in place editing

I decided to support in place editing for a simple user table. I am not sure what i should do about password... When i create a new user i can have a textbox to type... When viewing i can hide then ...
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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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Best practice for log-in procedure in a conference-app [closed]

I'm preparing an app for a closed conference with log-in functionality. All the participants are on an email-list. How do other App's deal with the challenges around obtaining the initial ...
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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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Should I trim spaces in passwords?

The problem is that we send a user an email with a generated password if they forget. If they choose to cut and paste it in, then Outlook typically adds a " " to the end of it. When they paste it ...
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iPhone App: Best practice for sign in with password recovery?

I'm in the process of wireframing an iPhone App for a big website with some functions that can only be used by signed in users (e.g. favorites, saved searched). Many apps use the modal dialog to ...
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Is autosave appropriate for password fields?

I'm developing an application that has user based access. Each user can change some settings for their profile (localization, timezone, the password, etc). I've chosen to perform autosave (a la ...
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Password field in cleartext

I'm building a mobile web app that will request a bunch of information from the user (name, dob, address, etc) and am trying to cut down as much fields as I can. I've noticed a new trend where mobile ...
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Is it good UX practice to have a website generate a password for the user?

Is it good UX practice to have a site generate secure random passwords for users and send it to their email or is it better to have them enter their own one each time?
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Best practice for overriding a pincode in a native iOS app?

I am working on the next version of an existing iPad app which has a pincode to lock admin functions. The current version has no means to override the pincode. We followed similar patterns and use ...
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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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“Remember my password” and “Sign in automatically” on tablets

Is there a need to have "Remember Me" and "Sign in automatically" on mobile devices, especially for tablet based applications? Skype, Fring on iPhone/Android seems to not to have these options, ...
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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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Should I let a user copy/paste into a confirm e-mail field for a registration form? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Preventing a user from pasting from the clipboard into a mandatory form field There was a question of stackoverflow, that a programmer did not wont to let the new users ...
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Lock screens and password recovery on apps

This is partially "UI", but probably falls more into the realm of "UX"; I'm not sure if it'll fit in here or not. One of the applications that I have runs on the iPad. The information stored within ...
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Should password dialog be in a pop-up or an existing window?

Consider, for instance, an e-mail client that for whatever reason requires obtaining a password. Should the dialog be part of an existing, probably sovereign posture, window? Or should it pop up? ...
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Is a “repeat password” field necessary in a signup page? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why should we ask the password twice during registration? When designing a new and simplified signup page I got into an argument with a colleague about the necessity of ...