[jdev] [Fwd: Alertbox: Stop Password Masking]

Norman Rasmussen norman at rasmussen.co.za
Wed Jun 24 09:54:15 CDT 2009

I would normally reply on the article, but it seems it doesn't have comment

> Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox for June 23 is now online, 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.
> - ----------------------------------

What about my co-worker peering over my shoulder while I type in my

To be honest this is where single-sign-on systems like OpenID are better,
because you delegate authentication somewhere else (that hopefully you
already have a session key for).

- Norman Rasmussen
- Email: norman at rasmussen.co.za
- Home page: http://norman.rasmussen.co.za/
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