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From: cybereagle at gmail.com (Matt Hillman)
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 15:09:40 +0100

Maybe a compromise would be to have a tick box that unmasks the password.
Some apps already have this, especially those that encourage using a long
passphrase.

I see too many people oblivious to the fact that people can see everything
on their screens, and I wouldn't like to see users expecting to see their
password unmasked all the time. The article makes some good points but I
cant help thinking that danger that way lies. The tick box idea would I
think solve most of those issues while maintaining a certain level of
security.


On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 1:40 PM, Aaron <subdriven at gmail.com> wrote:

I read an interesting article about removing the mask from passwords.
For mobile devices I think it would be a great idea. For some
desktops, I know it would cut down on support calls. In other
instances I think they must stay masked. I was just wondering what the
rest of the PDC list thought. I have links to the articles below.

Summary:
Usability suffers when users type in passwords and the only feedback
they get is a row of bullets. Typically, masking passwords doesn't
even increase security, but it does cost you business due to login
failures.


Main article here: (http://www.useit.com/alertbox/passwords.html)

which was also posted to slashdot here
(
http://it.slashdot.org/story/09/06/25/1856214/Nielsen-Recommends-Not-Masking-Passwords
)

Regards,

Aaron
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