Obscuring password data in a data grid

Keith Clarke keith.clarke at clarkeandclarke.co.uk
Fri May 13 10:13:18 EDT 2011

...good points well made, Chris. 

The password protect font was intended to a) show the user that they'd actually entered something and b) provide 'over the shoulder' protection.

My intention is to have the data grid read-only but with rows selectable. Row data entry/editing would be in a dialogue box. So, I will try to hide the real passwords in the underlying array - and show just the equivalent number of a place-filler characters in the data grid.
On 13 May 2011, at 14:55, Nonsanity wrote:

> Careful with a password protect font. It may not be readable, but someone
> can select, copy, and paste somewhere else to read it. I'd only do this if
> it were a list of my passwords that I didn't want people to read over my
> shoulder, but then in that form, I can't read them either so what's the
> point of even displaying them.
> It would be safer to keep the actual passwords somewhere else in memory like
> in an array, and put the array's KEYS in the grid, disguised with the
> password font. Then you can sort and reorder the list in the grid, but still
> have quick access to the actual passwords.
> ~ Chris Innanen
> ~ Nonsanity

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