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How NOT to hide passwords when entered #programming

🕢︎ - 2008-03-29

When a user enters a password, it is preferable that the password is not displayed, so a person peeking over the shoulder of the person at the keyboard can't see the password.

Sun has a mind boggling way to solve this in Java: SPAWN A THREAD THAT QUICKLY SPITS OUT BACKSPACE CHARACTERS!

I really should not shout that much, but... really? That is their solution, really??

Yes, it actually is:Password Masking in the Java Programming Language.

The. Mind. It. Boggles.

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To avoid spam many websites make you fill out a CAPTCHA, or log in via an account at a corporation such as Twitter, Facebook, Google or even Microsoft GitHub.

I have chosen to use a more old school method of spam prevention.

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