How an application is kept secure to prevent unauthorized access.

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Computer login with password only, without username

I have an idea to simplify the login screen on things like home computers with a small number of users (say, 2-10) with passwords. Today, a typical home computer's login screen has three steps: ...
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show ip history to login user

Show ip history, like last 100 logins IP and time, can be scare user? I think maybe user think why service provider store my IP? of course after some storing we can have fraud detection my solution ...
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Norton Safe Web Verification — Impact on User

I have a client who insists on getting their website validated by Norton Security Verification and displaying the seal. However, I am skeptic and do not trust Norton products. I recall an impression ...
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Should we ask for name on card even though it's not required for credit card payments?

The name on card is not used when processing credit card payments. Paypal does not ask the user to enter the name on card when saving a card to the "wallet", while Amazon.com does. The benefit of ...
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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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Can you use similar security questions used on email registration for a more corporate tool?

I am developing a set of security questions for a corporate website. The usual security questions I come across are mothers birthplace, best childhood friend, ect. These questions don't seem fitting ...
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Limiting access before email address is confirmed

I'm making a directory site and I'm considering having the following setup for email confirmation: After registering, user has x hours to confirm their email. They're sent immediately to the next ...
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Why does MediaWiki put little padlocks on HTTPS links?

Does anyone know why MediaWiki puts little padlock icons next to HTTPS links? For example, if I put this link in a wiki article: https://twitter.com/harry_wood it would get a little yellow padlock by ...
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How to provide good mobile phone number verification? [closed]

I'd like to know if there is a way to achieve a good user experience when a user's profile contains a mobile number which needs to be verified via SMS. The examples I have explored had the mobile ...
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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 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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What are the conventions for how often a user should be asked to log into a mobile application?

Or put another way - is there a process for deciding how long a user's authenticated session should last?
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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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Are there specific standards, guidelines, and processes UX in security?

There are a number of resources with well-defined standards and practices for UX, and there are principles in security relevant to UX such as the principle of Psychological Acceptability. However, as ...
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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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When is it right to use “Not <user>?”

Sometimes a site shows a message reading: "You are logged in as [user1]. Not [user1]? Please log out." When is it right to use such a thing? Where are we assuming someone is mistakenly logged in as ...
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How to best inform user they cant use the service for a period of time after registering?

For security reasons, after registering we cant let the user actually use the product until 14 days have past. Right now I'm just appending a message at the end of the form (Ann#3) - is there a ...
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How can I reassure users about an unfamiliar domain name?

I have a service, example-service.com. I have customers customer-a.com, customer-b.com, etc. We host a service for them on urls like customer-a.example-service.com Users who are familiar with ...
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Why did they use two-stage social media sharing buttons?

I recently visited a seemingly fairly reputable web site and was astonished to see their implementation of a two-stage trigger for their social media buttons: (The text appears when you hover over ...
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Refusing a user permission to click a URL

I've been asked to work on a system message on an intranet where by there are various URLs (linking to lists of content) that have permission rights attached to them, so only certain users have access ...
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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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During sign ups, how to best instill confidence that email addresses will be safe

Many sign up forms will ask you for an email address so that they can contact you. Even the most minimal sign-up (other than no sign up) will need an email address to send you a validation email. ...
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Should validating an email automatically sign someone into an application?

When signing up for a new account with a web application, it is standard to send a validation email. I don't want to go into the pros and cons of the validation email though. When receiving a ...
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Is there an established way of representing Single Sign On with an icon? [closed]

I'm wracking my brains trying to think of representing Single Sign On iconographically. Is there a common way this is done?
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Usability vs. Security [closed]

This question has started to preoccupy since read Stevey's Google Platforms Rant by Steve Yegge. (The original post was removed.) Among many other things he asserts that usability is more important ...
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User testing browser add-on

I'm working on a browser add-on that has some novel usability ideas, and I'd like to test them out on some users. The add-on interacts with the user's password data and usage, and I'd like to collect ...
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What is the benefit of fixed security questions?

Many sites/services seem to make use of a security question as a way of accessing an account if you lose your password or email access. As an example, Facebook uses this form: There isn't a ...
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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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How to tell the user his login credentials are incorrect?

When a user has entered incorrect details into a login form, is it better to tell them: The username or password you have entered is invalid. or The user name you have entered is invalid (for ...
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Does SSL on a company's website make the company appear more credible?

I recently had a thought about the way many modern browsers display information about a site's security certificates. At least Firefox shows a very noticeable blue box in the address bar on sites that ...
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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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Should a web browser indicate “year” near the lock icon to encourage more safe/secure website?

There are many important technologies coming to web browsers in the next few years. Not to mention that where we are today is a culmination of lessons learned and several security pitfalls. However, ...
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How to handle creating new account with email address that is unverified on another account?

We have email address verification on our accounts. Users have to verify their email addresses when they create their accounts and when they update their email addresses on existing accounts. With new ...
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Use UAC Shield icon to indicate (non-Windows) elevation will be required?

i am working on financial software where there are many times where a "supervisor" is required to authorize that the user can continue, e.g.: user wants to void a funds transfer user has a variance ...
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Has Captcha become common knowledge?

I am doing a business site for a web company, and was wondering if Captcha has become so well-known, that it no longer needs an explanation ? Right now there is only a input box, the captcha image ...
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Limiting customer credit cards to a single account

Is it a good idea to limit a customer's credit card so that it can only be used on one user account? The user can have as many credit cards associated with their account as they like, but they cannot ...
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Login button - on homepage or separate page?

I ran across an article called Put the login on the front page, where the author wants sites to: [...]put the user name and password box somewhere obvious on the home page like the upper right ...
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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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Accessing secure content

Which of the permutations for accessing secure content do folks prefer? In this instance I'm referring to a saved quote and have usernames, email addresses and quote reference numbers available. ...