How an application is kept secure to prevent unauthorized access.

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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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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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How to encourage users to download an app to complete strong authentication (two factor)

I'm designing a strong authentication (two factor) solution for a website. Users will be forced to use two factor (legal requirement). We have two supported methods an SMS verification code texted to ...
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In Single Sign On what does SAML “enabled” control do or mean?

I am currently working on the redesign of SSO signup process/form and want to understand what enabling SAML control implies. The rationale being that if an organisation does not have SSO enabled 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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what is the best way for a user to securely share from a public device & app?

what is the best way for a user to securely share from a public device & app (kiosk-like), instead of just emailing to themselves under an anonymous user account? I need some UX advice and ...
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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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Impact of images and icons on user perception when capturing personal information?

I am designing an account area where users are required to provide some personal information.I have came across research that suggests that the use of icons such as a "Padlock" or similar has a ...
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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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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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What do you do when the user interrupts the purchase process?

If a user on an e-commerce site is in the middle of a purchase process when they leave to another part of the site, or perhaps leave the site completely, what information should be retained if they ...
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How to handle “forgot password” when user has not confirmed email?

If you follow the pattern of allowing users access to your application without having confirmed an email (generally considered good UX), how do handle the case where they forgot their password? Very ...
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Is it good idea to send user password upon register?

I can imagine both ways - send / not send and still make it secure enough inside application. For instance: I get the password from "Enter your password" field, store it in email template and then ...
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How best to provide contact info in a member directory while preventing 'data harvesting'?

I am working on a searchable online directory. People will use it to find other members, service providers, and the like. It's critical that the results include contact data. However, my clients are ...
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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 ...
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Why does verizon have me confirm my authorization code when adding a device? [closed]

What purpose does the second entry serve? Why are they making us go through the hassle of entering in a random character string twice, when we can clearly see it the first time we type it in?
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Should Operating Systems Hide Sizes of Files/Folders the User is Denied Access to?

If there are files or folders the current user should be denied access to, should their sizes be displayed when the user asks, for example with the ls -l command on Linux or the places the Windows ...
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Does a password strength indicator increase password strength?

Just browsing the internet, I saw a password strength indicator on a sign up, and I realized that I personally didn't care. Does anyone know if, on average, password strength indicators increase the ...
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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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Is there a standard for informing users about SSL/HTTPS on Android/iOS?

On a standard web browser it's very easy to see how your data is being transferred to servers via the padlock icon and tools like Firebug or Chrome dev can give you the information for things like ...
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Does the padlock icon make users perceive your site as safer?

I was recently in a discussion with one of our developers about the usage of padlock icons (not on the https link) in user interfaces. I remember encountering the icon in lots of different situations;...
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Best practice for two-step verification process

Perhaps due to the recent incidents behind hacking of user database and identity theft, many organizations have introduced the two-step verification process, in particular when users are accessing the ...
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Stop user opening links in a new tab

On a secure site, is it OK to stop users from opening a link in a new tab by signing them out? I have a mobile games web-app and my users can only play one at a time. To avoid issues of them trying ...
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What's the best type of car key? [closed]

Everyone is familiar with the regular physical key and lock for their car. But nowadays, new cars have all kinds of fancy key fob systems to lock and unlock their car. But what is the best in terms ...
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Is there a better way rather than forcing a double sign-in? Inspired by Youtube commenting by Google plus

This is an awkward question, combined with a irritated observation. Please forgive the irritated tone. I am very frustrated by the repeated messages I get on YouTube if I want to do as little as ...
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What happens in a web browser when a download is started via Javascript?

In a web browser, a download can be initiated immediately after user input, or started via Javascript after a set amount of time and/or being redirected to another page. I want to provide users with ...
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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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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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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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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 guessed/...
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How best to discuss the Heartbleed bug with users while keeping calm but getting action?

There are technical questions everywhere you look about Heartbleed. But none on not scaring the **** out of your users when discussing it, because lets be honest the news does a good job of scaring ...
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What makes a download link in email feel legit?

I'm creating a web app where users can provide snapshots of the page they are viewing and share them via email in a downloadable format. What are best practices for creating a sense of security for ...
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Should I capture exceptions and present a nice error page to hackers? [closed]

If a hacker is trying to hack, should I present a pretty error page or redirect somewhere instead of a generic/cryptic error? I feel that the hacker knows what they are doing, I know what they are ...
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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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Should users see a 404 page if they are trying to view locked content?

If a user attempts to view a private repo on GitHub when they are not logged in, they get a 404 error page. Pro) It seems that the repo does not exist to those lacking proper access. This might help ...
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Why do some people physically cover their macbook cameras [closed]

Obviously, if a malicious user could save camera snapshots or streams you have a bigger issue on your hands than improperly lighted selfies. Or do they simply not get this / this isn't as commonly ...
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UX failure in Apple's security update process

It would have been much better if I could download the 700+ MB download in the background while continuing to work and THEN pull the trigger on applying the patch. There are no real reasons to couple ...
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Should “Incorrect password” message show the password requirements of the current site? [duplicate]

I have a question that has been bothering me some time, let me illustrate my question with an example: I use multiple passwords in many applications and sometimes I forget what is the password for ...
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Should I show a customer granular credit card errors?

When credit cards are declined, our gateway usually provides a useful reason: insufficient funds, CVV mismatch, invalid card number, etc. Should we show this to the user? Or should we just show a ...
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How to portray to a user the security of an input field?

I was just tasked by my boss to make a certain SSN field to appear more secure. We currently are masking the first 5 numbers but he wants a greater feel of security behind the input. He was thinking ...
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secure banking apps

A while ago my bank introduced an online banking app. This allowed me to quickly access my bank account and make payments right from my phone with the best experience. In order to gain access to the ...
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Secure but still usable license key retrieval mechanism?

I just had a very interesting conversation with a support rep of a software product that I love (and which shall remain anonymous here). They use product keys for licensing, and in case the user ...
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How to increase trust and security feeling when collecting bank information

I have a site that needs to collect a user's bank username/password. This is obviously a big hurdle for someone to get over but we have to do that. I'm looking for ways, visually & textually, to ...
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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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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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Email address entry field on public kiosk system

Interesting discussion internally at this end re a sign-up/login mechanic that will be running within a public kiosk/display application. The question we have is related to whether or not we should ...
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What kind of user interface design practices can protect the information from someone who might be peeking at user's screen

What kind of UI design practices one could employ to protect the user's sensitive information from someone who might be looking (occasionally) at user's monitor from behind a shoulder or a nearby desk?...