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September 28, 2013

We need to stop masking passwords

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 12:15 am

By Matt Baxter-Reynolds, ZD Net

Masking passwords doesn’t defend against any likely threat, causes user frustration, and drives them to pick poor passwords. Windows 8 has a little “reveal” button on password fields to help you type in passwords correctly.
Truth be known, I’m a little bit nervous about this article. I’m going to suggest something that a lot of people won’t like. And it’s this: Passwords should not be masked by default. Now, I know what you’re going to say. It will be something like, “but someone will steal my password if they can see it! Won’t somebody think of the children!” Before you jump to the comments section, let’s see whether we can get on the same page on this…

http://www.zdnet.com/we-need-to-stop-masking-passwords-7000020894/

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