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#1 The Bossman

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 02:42 PM

Why is the remember me option always ticked yes when you try to sign in? It's better to have it off as default, most other sites do this yet TGTAP doesn't? I'm not annoyed by it, just an observation.

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#2 TUN3R

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 03:06 PM

IDK I always leave it on...

#3 Spaz The Great

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 05:31 PM

Uh, every login I use has it automatically ticked. Like Gmail, for instance. The only login that doesn't have it default ticked is my bank account.

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#4 Miles Pedro Prower

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 06:24 PM

And I wonder why? :P

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 07:32 PM

Probably because they don't even have the option to "remember me". Security reasons, and all.

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#6 Red_Squirrel_UK

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 08:19 PM

Yeah I always have it sign me in by itself.. Save's me the effort of doing it myself!

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 05:23 AM

Good question Bossman, something I have experience with on both an academic and real-world level.
Yeah, in terms of web development it IS best practice to leave checkboxes unchecked by default. You give the user the choice, rather than make it for them. Mostly in regard to opt-in/opt-out services, where they should always be opt-in, but it can also apply to "remember me" features. It's all in the name of protecting the user really.

Exceptions to this "rule" are forums and websites where your details don't pose any kind of security risk; the checkboxes for remembering you are ticked by default simply for convenience, as most people WANT this in place so they don't have to login each time, of course they can uncheck it if they want. It's not something forced upon the user. It's typically not seen as bad practice in this situation.

As Spaz pointed out, online banking is a prime example of where automatically ticking a remember me box would be bad practice, if someone logs on to their account using a shared computer and forgets to logout at the end of it then any subsequent user could get access - that's obviously a huge security risk.

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Posted 06 November 2011 - 02:51 PM

Exactly the answer I wanted, cheers. Think I misworded my original question but whatever, probably 3AM when I posted it.

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