Jakob says it’s ok to show passwords (mostly)

In today’s Alertbox article, Usability heavyweight Jakob Neilsen might well be standing the entire usability world on end. He’s advocating for no longer obscuring passwords (in all but the most security-conscious situations).

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.

This’ll make for some interesting discussions…

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