Why do sites even have passwords?

Every time I have to log in to a reviewer website I forget the password. I simply hit “reset password”, which takes me through a mostly-pleasant challenge-response kind of email exchange. So the question I have is: why do we even have passwords for these sites anymore? Can’t an email exchange be the default authentication mode? With cookies, the credentials can live for a longer time anyway, and this neatly pushes the password problem to the email account.

Advertisements

One response to “Why do sites even have passwords?

  1. I did a review a while ago for a journal where they sent me a link with a long alphanumeric code that took me directly to the review form, no login required.

    For reviewers (as opposed to editors), there is little point in having to log in. It’s not like you’re going to hang out on the review site, chat with your friends, and post embarrassing pictures there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s