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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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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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When to use "join," "register," or "sign up"?

For a user, when is it better to be asked to do the following: "Sign In" vs. "Log in" "Join" vs. "Register" vs. "Sign Up" "Sign Out" vs. "Log out" Different websites seem to use them differently, ...
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Are people sick of logins?

If you have a website where users 90% of time only read and view content, but rarely post, like a blog, does it make sense to force a login? If I force the user to login to view some information, ...
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What are some compelling reasons to disallow spaces in usernames?

I'm a developer. Our UX guy is asking us to allow spaces in usernames. The caveat is that they should be allowed anywhere. So entering the username 'JohnDoe' is the same as 'John Doe' is the same as ...
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Argument for/against splitting login process into checking username, then ask password?

My boss has insisted for a while that our login process be divided into two steps on separate pages: on the first page, ask the user's e-mail address. On the second page, either display "user found" ...
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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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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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Is there a problem with hiding "forgot password" until it's needed?

To be honest, I don't really see any use for the "forgot password" button/link unless the user put in a wrong password before. In my current project, we need as much space as possible and I was ...
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Which one should be more prominent, Login button, or Register button?

I've noticed that some sites feature register button (or form) more prominently than login button (or form), such as Dropbox and Facebook, whereas some other sites are the opposite. And also, I've ...
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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 a new password ...
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Is it OK to autocorrect users when they have mistyped parts of their email address?

When logging in, users might mistype parts of their email address. For example, [email protected] instead of .com, Yaho instead of yahoo, etc. The main rationale is that by autocorrecting user input ...
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What's the point of deactivating Num Lock on login screens? [closed]

Many login screens automatically deactivate the Num Lock key on the keyboard before the user can enter their password. This is extremely frustrating for the user as they involuntarily type their ...
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Why isn't the "remember me" checkbox in login forms enabled by default?

On the majority of sites, a "remember me" checkbox on login forms is not selected by default. Most users would like to stay logged in after login. It annoys users each time to have to enter username ...
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Banned user tries to log in − show a “Banned” message or a generic “Cannot log you in”?

From a Ux standpoint, what is the best practice around messaging when a banned user/customer/member attempts to log in? I'm asking for a forum project I am working on, but also looking for guidance ...
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Why do financial institutions use usernames instead of emails for login?

I'm redesigning an application and I'm researching the use of email vs username login options. Our application works with financial institutions and because of this have been told that usernames are ...
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Do we really need a "Remember me" option on a Login page?

I'm wondering why do we need to ask user to make a decision, for how long he want to be authenticated? This is done by having "keep me signed in" option login page: Why can't we simply "predict" how ...
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If your login is an email, should you canonicalize/lower-case it?

A lot of sites today don't have a username, just a "login email". If a user opened an account as [email protected], and are now trying to login using [email protected] - should we accept this login as true?...
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Google and Yahoo require you to enter your username first, then password. Why is this? [duplicate]

For a while now, logging onto your google account has required you to enter your username and hit next, before entering your password like this: Recently yahoo has implemented a similar system. What ...
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Login and Register in one form

We have been seeing more sites following this UX enhancement: where login form actively checks for registered username/email, if a user entered an unknown email/name, then the form inputs are updated ...
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How to ensure users can't sign up for multiple accounts?

I'm working on a web app right now which users will normally have to pay to use, but I want to also offer a short demo period (haven't settled on how long yet, but somewhere between 1 day and 1 week). ...
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Best way to combine sign in and sign up in the same form?

I want both forms to be extremely simple - sign in much like facebook in the header with 3 inputs side by side - email, password then "sign in" (or is "log in" better?). I also want to USE THE SAME ...
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email field or username for logging in an application?

What is the best solution for an app : Email or username field? I like email because: it's unique user will easily remember it's personal (which can be a disadvantage sometimes; Multiple users on ...
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Login/sign-up in modal dialogs

I've been working on a web-platform for some time now. As I was writing the usual "Sign-up" and "Login" pages I realized that a whole page was an overkill for such simple tasks so I decided to put ...
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Reducing Password Complexity?

Since starting my new role I've found that 20% of log in sessions are resulting in a dropout. From watching user recordings, I believe this is down to users forgetting their password. Users log in ...
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What is the most pleasant and fast UX when logging in / registering for a private web-app?

In my case, the openId login is out of the question. The application that I'm working on will only allow corporate users with a given specific email domain to register. The login/register form needs ...
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Whats more user friendly local authentication or remote authentication (OpenID, OAuth)

From a usability perspective only (not security), what do users find more comfortable? A site with its own login page (need to sign up but then easier to login; or a site with remote authentication (...
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Having an icon to replace 'Forgotten username and password?'

Has anyone come across any instances where an icon has replaced the link text: 'Forgotten your username and/or password?' I am designing a log in bar that has to go across the top of the website and ...
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Why is the common practice of sign in error message always mix the wrong username/password cases together?

Example: When I try to sign in a service with a Username / Password combination, the error message always returns as "Username or password is invalid." But the actual case is that I input a wrong ...
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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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Is social register enough or should you always add regular register method?

I'm building a web application, primarily aimed at students and young people. I'm guessing everyone has at least one social account(Facebook/Twitter/Google etc.) Is it enough only to offer register/...
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Is there a difference between "login" and "log in"?

I always thought login is the noun and log in is the verb. For example, "you need to log in using the modal login window". Is this really the case or can they be used interchangeably? Does logout and ...
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Pros and Cons for having same form for login, register and forgotten password

I have notice some sites have the same form for login, register and forgotten password. Below the form you have 3 buttons i forgot my password register log me in What are the pros and cons on ...
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social sign in redirect vs popup window

I have seen that most websites usually open the "login with Facebook" page in a popup window, but there are also some websites (like stackexchange) that just redirect the browser without opening a ...
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Would it be bad design (and unsafe) to put password guidelines next to a login box?

Different websites have different password requirements Some are content with a combination of just lower case words Some require a combination of lower case and upper case words Some require ...
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Which label text is good for "Enter email address"?

I'm about to place one text field in the log in area where user can enter email address and password for logging in, but I'm confused which text should I use for label and placeholder text? Here are ...
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Username or Email label for login form, assuming they're the same?

We are designing a new login screen for an enterprise app. If the username is the same as the user's email address registered with the system, would it be clearer to the user to call the field on ...
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Logout after password change?

What is the convention regarding the following scenario: In a given system, a user is already logged in. He perform some tasks and then he change his own password. After this point, what should ...
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To Link or Not to Link Social Logins with a Matching Email

I have a site that allows logging in through: Email (must be verified and unique) Facebook Twitter LinkedIn. Once you have created an account through one of those 4 methods, I provide the ability ...
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How to display a "Log in" error in Material Design?

Problem I am trying to create a log in page that follows the material design guidelines, but I don't know how to handle when the user inputs the wrong email or password. In the material design ...
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What are the differences between “Remember me” and "Stay signed in" functionality?

For my understanding: "Remember me" We store password and username without login. User clicks the login button and is logged in. "Stay Signed in" We store password and username with login. ...
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Should login button on a website be disabled if user hasn't entered values?

I see this behaviour in some desktop applications, where the login button is disabled until the user enters text. I don't recall ever seeing it on a website. It must be used somewhere, but it isn't ...
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Design for incorrect login

I'm considering changing my label ('The username or password incorrect.). This is the current design: Any good design for this label? I want the new label to get more attention than it used to be ...
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Why is "register" the default button rather than "log in"? [duplicate]

I have noticed an increasing trend the last year towards emphasizing the "register" button rather than "log in". Often log in is not even a button, just a link. I understand the desire to simplify ...
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Correct length for login timeout?

My company has created lots of computer software but one issue we have is with login timeouts. Some developers want to make them shorter for security, while most users want it be infinite? Is there ...
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Text for email address validation!

When validating email address on sign-up/login page which is the right grammar? "Please insert a valid email address." OR "Please enter a valid email address." OR just "Invalid email address." ...
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When a user's login email has been changed, what should happen?

I'm making an online frontend for a system. This system is normally used by a business providing a service to a customer. The customer will have the option of using this online frontend in addition to ...
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What should happen if the login page is accessed post-login?

I have a normal web-app (website) with login and logout links. The logout link only appears if the user is logged-in and vice versa. However, there is nothing preventing the user from manually ...
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"Forgot password?" or "Reset password"?

We're designing a minimalist login page that follows Google's Material design guidelines. Near the password field, there is an icon with a link to the Reset password page. For such link, what name is ...
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What colour should Register and Login buttons be? [closed]

My current login page looks like this: I chose green and grey basically at random, and am wondering how to to represent them properly. The login button is the main action, since this screen will only ...
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