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Is there any research available about the viability and use of "Remember Me" toggles/check boxes on login flows? I can't seem to find any information on whether or not they're used or not.

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    What do you mean by "viability" in this case? Are you looking for how people trust such a feature, how often they use it, or something different? – Evil Closet Monkey Nov 11 '14 at 21:41
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I did a super-informal hallway study about a week ago. So, obviously not something to cite, but may give you some ideas for your own study.

I asked 10 people if they found the 'remember me' feature useful in the context of a secure mobile app (context is likely key here).

7 out of 10 said they rarely use it namely because they forget to check it before they log in most of the time.

5 out of 10 said that when they need to remember a login, they use 3rd party password management software to handle it for them (like 1Password or the web browser itself).

My personal opinion: They don't hurt, but likely don't help as much as we think they do. I personally fall into that group of 7 in that I usually time in my credentials, hit submit, THEN see the 'remember me' checkbox too late.

  • "They don't hurt, but likely don't help as much as we think they do." - That is a very good synopsis. I personally do not implement it on my websites, because people often use their web browers to remember their login credentials anyway. – silver Apr 2 '15 at 20:44
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I couldn't find any paper written on this subject. Perhaps you could start by looking at the following websites:

http://usabilitypost.com/2009/10/05/remember-me

http://www.siteflex.com.au/blog/n/remember-me-remember-me-not-140407

http://www.foresee.com/usability-perspective-5-financial-services-login-tips-better-customer-experience/

Remember Me in an enterprise application: What to remember?

Do we really need a "Remember me" option on a Login page?

http://www.sitepoint.com/3-rules-painless-account-ux-login-screens/

Good luck, Antonio

  • Thanks. May consider that this answer would be more useful if it included a meta-analysis of the links provided. – Jason A. Jan 12 '15 at 22:14

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