LukeW | Mobile Design Details: Hide/Show Passwords
Christina Wodtke stashed this in Design
Stashed in: Mobile!
Wait... what? You’re displaying people’s passwords by default? Simply put, yes. We decided to optimize for usability and ease of log in over questionable security increases. On a touchscreen phone, its trivial to move the device out of sight of prying eyes. Or easier still to simply hit the Hide action to obscure a password.
But not that it matters, there’s a visible touch keyboard directly below the input field that highlights each key as you press it. These bits of feedback show the characters in a password at a larger size than most input fields. So in reality, the •••• characters aren’t really hiding a password from prying eyes anyway. As a result, we opted for usability improvements instead.