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UninformIT

Dick Hardt draws my attention to an article about the dangers of user-centric identity in something called informIT. As Dick says, the article tells us that, duh, if we screw up our websites then we screw up our users, too.

But it seems to me that there’s an even more fundamental issue. If, as the author correctly, if somewhat ungrammatically, claims, “the average users usually reuse the same username/password pairs for most of their accounts”, why, exactly, is it worse if the user types this same username and password into the same place every time (and probably far less often) than if the user is obliged to type it whenever he sees a login page?

It seems to me that the user stands a far better chance of being sure that he is typing his password in the correct place if there is only one correct place instead of several hundred.

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