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Re: Password Rules - Impact on UserswithCognitiveDisabilities

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From: Tim Harshbarger
Date: Oct 29, 2014 1:00PM


Actually, that is one method that is used for stealing private data. It is called shoulder surfing. Typically, it is the type of approach that can be employed in crowded environments where it is more difficult to tell if any specific person might be doing it. I also gather that there are times when optical aids (like binoculars) can be used so that the observer can be further away from his or her target.

Thanks!
Tim

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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Greg Gamble
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:45 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Password Rules - Impact on Users with Cognitive Disabilities

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I agree. On mobile devices and especially in public situations where a person who is blind might have their password stolen it is very important to have the password hidden by default.
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Jonathan ... Not trying to argue, but why? What is your reasoning ???

Do you really think someone will be looking over someone's shoulder to steal a password, without being caught ... even with a blind individual, who is probably more aware of their near surroundings then sited people.

Again, not trying to be argumentative, just looking for your reasoning on it :-)

Greg


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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Jonathan Avila
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 8:34 AM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Password Rules - Impact on Users with Cognitive Disabilities

> I think password hiding is important, so passwords should be hidden by default.

I agree. On mobile devices and especially in public situations where a person who is blind might have their password stolen it is very important to have the password hidden by default.

Jonathan

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From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Patrick H. Lauke
Sent: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:45 AM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Password Rules - Impact on Users with Cognitive Disabilities

On 29/10/2014 12:31, Birkir R. Gunnarsson wrote:
> I think password hiding is important, so passwords should be hidden by default.

Actually, not quite sure if that's true (anymore).

See for instance Luke Wroblesky's thoughts on this back in 2012
http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1653 - and since then, a lot of sites/apps seem to have gone that way too (showing by default, with option to hide if needed).

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