Sunday, April 09, 2006

Login Annoyance

Logins and passwords are a balance between security and usability. It makes sense to protect a real money account with a password. This is security. For convenience, the Doyle's Room client stores the username and password for you so you do not have to type it. This is usability.

The login annoyance is the fact that even though I have requested the application to save my username and password, I still have to manually login at some point each time I run the software. This just makes no sense.

There is absolutely no added security derived from the manual login. There is no password that needs to be typed. No secret that has to be entered. There is no reason for this feature. No reason at all. The client software should just allow the person to play the game without the "manual" login that requires nothing be typed in.

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