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Why are you hiding my password from me?!?
8 September 2015, by , in Rants and Kudos, 2 comments

For website developers, a simple question: When you force me to create a new login for your website and ask me for a password, why do you HIDE the password field so that I can’t see what I’m actually typing? I’m getting older, and my fingers don’t always work like they should, so sometimes I mistype. But I certainly wouldn’t know if I typed DOG or DOF because all your screen shows me is ***.

I get it. You don’t want any strangers looking over my shoulder to see what I’m typing. But when I’m sitting in my office, ALL ALONE, the chances of that happening are, well, pretty low.

So maybe take a cue from some websites I’ve seen and add a little checkbox that says “Show password” when I go to type the password. My ailing fingers and addled mind thank you.

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2 Comments on "Why are you hiding my password from me?!?"

Sig VanDamme - 5 October 2015 Reply

Wes, I completely agree with you. Not sure if you have seen that the latest versions of Internet Explorer have a feature to do this on any site (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/ie/wiki/ie11-iewindows8_1/the-use-of-the-password-reveal-eye-button-in-ie10/19a9dee2-fb0c-4c26-a6bc-ac02cf98d80e). Hopefully Chrome / Firefox follow suit! -Sig

Wes Trochlil - 5 October 2015 Reply

Very cool. Being a Mac user, I had no idea, but what a great tool!

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