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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Lets the user set the password itself or send them one via mail after registration?

I have to built an order process for an energy provider. The order process is very big and the user needs 10-15 minutes to complete it with all the data. The last point is to set a password to access ...
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Improving on the abcdef password

Ok please reserve judgement on this. This is somewhere between a security and a UX question, plus it might be too broad. I think my question can be summarised as: What's the best way to engage a ...
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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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Should password field be cleared if Captcha is wrongly entered?

On registration screen there are 3 fields: Email, Password and Captcha. User has entered valid email and password but has entered wrong Captcha. Here an error message specific to the wrong Captcha ...
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Material design change password behavior

I am using this behavior to make user change password: When a user clicks on the change password button, 3 text fields appear and the button changes into a "cancel" button. Do I have to separate the ...
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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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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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Force log out users on applying a password policy?

Consider this use-case for an enterprise social network. Users have already signed up but after some time, the admin for the network decides to apply a password policy. Does applying a password ...
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Best way to display multiple usernames with options to sign in and reset password?

I'm trying to do a "I forgot my username" flow, but the problem I've been struggling with is figuring out the best way of displaying information multiple usernames with the option to sign in and reset ...
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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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Site examples which allow users to expose password field [closed]

I'm looking for some real world sites where the login control allows users to view the text inside the password field. I'm looking for examples of site-generated "Show Password" controls, not examples ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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UI for a sign-in screen which allows to log in with a username or phone number

I have a sign-in screen which allows a user to log in with a username or a phone number. As the phone number must be in an "international" format, it confuses users, some of them fail to sign in. To ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...