Tells users why they should create a unique password Instead of asking users to create a username it informs them that their email address will be used to access the account. Although I’m not sure how many people would get the term “user ID“. Jargon, maybe?
I recently came across an example of an online security method that I’d never seen before. The website (for an online course) asked that the user submits a typing test every-time they submit an assignment in order to prevent cheating. I didn’t know this but apparently we all have a different type pattern, […]
Watching a TED talk recently, an analysis of of symbols in passwords revealed that the large majority of us choose the same symbol over and over again. The requirement to include a symbol in a password is meant to increase the strength and security of a users password. But if you’re pretty sure that someone will […]
I’ve written a few times about secret questions, and there are a few good examples out there that do it well, but many more that do it poorly. The problem with secret questions is that in general, they all ask you the same question. Once someone has the answer, they could potentially break into your account […]
Recently I have seen a few websites that ask the user to choose an image, from a selection, that will show up when the user logs in to their account. The purpose being that this will add an extra level of security by allowing the user to confirm that they have, or are logging into the right […]
Sometimes you get really rubbish security questions, that anyone whose known you for more than 5 minutes could answer about you. Sometimes, you get offered freeform security questions, where you have to make one up. Those can also be a struggle because the user will either divert to the standard “what’s your mothers maiden name” […]