A login experiment

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Following on from a blog post by Jakob Nielsen about the usability of password fields, and a follow up by Bruce Schneier we decided to have a little experiment with the Litmus login page.

We realised that whenever we get the option to unmask a password while entering one in everyday desktop apps (specifically Mac OS X) we normally do it. We thought it’d be worth giving this a go on Litmus.

From now on you’ll be able to mask or unmask your password while logging into Litmus, by default we’ll keep it masked but feel free to uncheck the box if you’d like to see exactly what you are entering. In order to trigger browser password saving functionality our javascript flips the field back to a password before submitting.