06 Dec '13, 2pm

How to Avoid the Massive Destruction of Username Collision!

Suppose you are launching a new web application. You have a list of users with personal information, and you need to mail them instructions for how to sign on to their new accounts. For security reasons, you cannot mail send both their username and password by mail. Instead, you must mail each users either their username or their password, along with instructions for how to construct the other field from personal information. It is important that the user can easily construct the unknown field, but that another person who happens upon the letter cannot. Each username must be unique. In this case it is best to mail each user their password. This allows us to create strong, secure passwords, and to have our usernames be constructible from personal information. A potential solution One solution to this problem is to to assign each user a username consisting of the first initi...

Full article: http://pivotallabs.com/avoiding-username-collision/

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