How an application is kept secure to prevent unauthorized access.

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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Implementing account lock out on a website

A web vulnerability scanner on my website made a suggestion that I implement an account lockout mechanism for my site when there has been a certain number of invalid login attempts. I am trying to ...
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May Facebook and Google+ login make a site feel 'insecure'?

Lets say I have a website which handles your money in some way. So I know about your credit cards. Currently, user register using their national identification number. So all the users are real ...
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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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how can you improve the appearance of security

What are the different ways to make users (especially paranoid one's like me) feel safe about the security aspect of the site?
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“Locked” and “secure” icons in one interface

In case of a need to show both "locked" and "secure" icons on one element in an interface (let's say it is one of many tabs in an internet browser, where 'locked' and 'secure' refer to different ...
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Login for multiple users

What is the best way to make a login form for multiple users? I'll give you an example for your understanding: If we have three different type of users, for example, teachers, students and ...
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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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Contact us link: should a user be forced to log in right away?

Let's pretend we're a university optometry department and the tech support/contact us link on our website can be accessed by optometrists, their staff members, and patients alike. A patient is ...
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Is a marketing site served over https more trustworthy? [duplicate]

I've come across many product marketing websites in the past that are served over https (instead of plain http) when it wasn't technically neccessary. These sites, from what I could see, didn't show ...
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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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Childproof washing machine

My little boy (11 months old) has just discovered how the buttons and dials of the washing machine work. This is inconvenient, because the machine does not react well to random button mashing while ...
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On login forms, should user's email be remembered?

I'm having this discussion with a customer of mine, he wants me to pre-populate the user's email address on the login form, to make it easier to login, he does not want me to add a checkbox to have ...
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Should a user be logged in after resetting their password?

Lets assume following flow: I want to log in I don't remember password I click on the "forgot my password" link (email is dispatched) I check my inbox and click on the link I type in password and ...
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Is a “Never tell your password to anyone” message in chat really necessary?

In almost every chat window I open, there's this fairly obvious statement: Never tell your [password/credit card/social security/etc] to anyone. Are there some standards for chat functionality that ...
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What's the advantage of disabling paste functionality for password input field? [duplicate]

Some web forms don't let the user paste text into password input fields. For example I just noticed this on Apple's iTunes Connect website: https://itunesconnect.apple.com/ I don't see any ...
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Unlock Account for Highly Secure Website

I am working on project for a very secure sensitive website in which the objective is to make the "unlock account" workflow easy and intuitive. Currently, if user enters wrong username and password ...
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What good is this moving captcha from Apple

A Hacker News article pointed me to http://www.apple.com/itunes/50-billion-app-countdown/entry-form/ where they use moving captchas: I assume that its a way to make shorter (and therefore ...
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Security issues if not forcing a user to sign up

I've built a simple web app Flask.io that enables users to create and share to-do lists. It doesn't require sign up. This is an important differentiator. I don't want to force the user to register ...
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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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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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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 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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studies on passcode/keypad versus password/keyboard?

When designing a tablet-based app that needs it's own extra security, there seems to be a couple of common choices: add a password screen with a keyboard, or use a passcode screen that has a keypad. ...
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Logging in with email only

I'm working on a blog and there will be an option to post a comment. I could implement registration with username, password and email — the standard way. I could implement 3rd-party authorization ...
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Why would one limit username format?

Many websites when ask you to create a new "username", will limit you in some way, most often like "username should only contain letters and underscores" or something alike. This results in inability ...
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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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Forcing users to use a particular pattern for passwords

Many websites, specially government ones, enforce users to use a password which conforms to particular criteria. For example: use between 8-13 characters with at-least one integer and one capital ...