Why are you hiding my password from me?!?

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.

About Wes Trochlil

For a quarter century, Wes has worked in and with dozens of associations and membership organizations throughout the US, ranging in size from zero staff (all-volunteer) to over 700. In that time Wes has provided a range of consulting services, from general consulting on data management issues to full-scale, association-wide selection and implementation of association management systems.

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