Lock Account After 4 Failed Tries. Good UX or Bad UX?(whoisjuan.substack.com)

1 year ago from Juan J. Ramirez, Another Designer

  • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, 1 year ago

    Passwords are bad UX. We need to move beyond an internet that requires them, or at the very least an internet that requires an account for every little thing. Password managers are only a band-aid, as are single sign-in services. I refuse to let Google and Facebook manage my online presence any more than they already do. Sites need to test, test, test, and test again any sign-on/-up process against ALL browsers and their built-in password managers as well. I can't tell you how many times I've had to rely on one of my standard "memorabloe" passwords because a site couldn't be botherd to ensure the password is saved in my password manager since Safari doesn't share the strong password option so I can't copy/paste it later. Mobile apps are equally as spotty, even more so when you rely on a third-party password manager as I used to with 1Password.

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    • Juan J. RamirezJuan J. Ramirez, 1 year ago

      Mobile apps are the worst offenders in this area. So little native compatibility with password managers and when you do it through the keyboard it doesn't always work.

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    • Chris Johnston, 1 year ago

      What's the alternative? If we don't use passwords what replaces them to ensure security? I keep seeing this argument in various places, but no one suggests what else we might use.

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      • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, 1 year ago

        I'd imagine some standard similar to the encrypted hardware chip Apple uses might be a good building block to create an SSO system not tied to any particular service. It would generate a unique hash for each person that could be tied to accounts across the internet. The data would need to be sharable across devices and sync to let sites know you signed onto their system using your phone but now want access using a tablet.

        All I know is I have 600+ accounts saved in 1Password and many share the same password because they are old and did I mention there were 600+? Since password managers don't function well enough to rely on them fully, it's a pain to have to generate unique passwords for each service and look them up when the site or app won't properly access your password manager.

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