1. iMore Question's Avatar
    Hello !

    I cant find any option in my iPad Air where I would be able to turn off character showing during entering a password (for signing on to appstore or any other app). I cant believe that Apple, company that propagates security everywhere, forgot about this option!? Especially when you are sharing screen/streaming...

    Anyone knows about some app that can disable it?

    thanks for tips !

    iPad noob
    02-14-2014 07:26 AM
  2. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    Are you sure that as you are looking at signing in that a character does not turn into a dot much like other apps do that require a password essentially masking it? You may want to look because I believe it does. Also when you go into settings and go to the iTunes- App store and sign out This is when I believe when you try and sign back in it will mask your password, Try it.
    02-14-2014 08:40 AM
  3. Onkata's Avatar
    It changes to stars, but the letters are visible for a short period of time and that is a problem. How to change settings that it only shows stars and no characters at all?
    02-14-2014 08:49 AM
  4. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    you can't. This is how it is designed so for a plit sec. you can see you are typing the correct Letters/Numbers and then it changes. As long as you are the only one seeing it, Where lies the problem?
    02-14-2014 09:11 AM
  5. Onkata's Avatar
    the problem is, if you are showing something to another person and you have to log in somewhere then there is this weird situation of turning back to him...for example.
    Or if you are screencasting, then viewers can see your password you are typing in. ... I don't have experience from screencasting yet but I will have to do some sooner or later to my end users and from what I have seen as a viewer in other live screenscastings, the presenters had problem with this as well... the keyboard was not visible to us -> viewers but we saw the letters he/she typed in. If your screencasting involves a lot of logins then its really problem...its annoying to disconnect the device every 5 minutes from the screening and show users black screen while you are typing your psw...

    solution proposal: simple button like "hide characters" or "show only stars" can solve this easily

    or maybe there is some app that offers solution?
    02-18-2014 05:42 AM
  6. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    No way to to do that right now that I know of. You can try leaving feedback for Apple on their website about this.
    02-18-2014 06:48 AM
  7. Ernest Yeap's Avatar
    I also am having this problem. It is obviously not secure as others can spy/see wat u r doing n typing, hence they can obtain your password. I have written in to iphone two or three times so far but to no avail. Its common sense this shouldnt be the way. On android it gets masked instantly. This is a cruel world ppl r just hoping for something to happen.
    08-27-2015 05:57 AM
  8. qbnkelt's Avatar
    the problem is, if you are showing something to another person and you have to log in somewhere then there is this weird situation of turning back to him...for example.
    Or if you are screencasting, then viewers can see your password you are typing in. ... I don't have experience from screencasting yet but I will have to do some sooner or later to my end users and from what I have seen as a viewer in other live screenscastings, the presenters had problem with this as well... the keyboard was not visible to us -> viewers but we saw the letters he/she typed in. If your screencasting involves a lot of logins then its really problem...its annoying to disconnect the device every 5 minutes from the screening and show users black screen while you are typing your psw...

    solution proposal: simple button like "hide characters" or "show only stars" can solve this easily

    or maybe there is some app that offers solution?
    We use an iPad attached to a projector all the time, for demos and training. We simply turn off the projector. That easy.


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    08-27-2015 06:39 AM
  9. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I also am having this problem. It is obviously not secure as others can spy/see wat u r doing n typing, hence they can obtain your password. I have written in to iphone two or three times so far but to no avail. Its common sense this shouldnt be the way. On android it gets masked instantly. This is a cruel world ppl r just hoping for something to happen.
    Really? You have someone looking over your shoulder all the time for the .5 second that the characters are on the screen? You do indeed live in a cruel world.


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    08-27-2015 06:41 AM
  10. qbnkelt's Avatar
    Also which Android masks instantly? Because even on my SGS5 work phone, the character appears just as on my personal Note 4.


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    Last edited by qbnkelt; 08-27-2015 at 07:31 AM.
    08-27-2015 06:49 AM
  11. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Does the iPad Air have KeyChain and TouchID?

    If you used those you potentially wouldn't be typing passwords so much.

    For screencasts, simply edit that part out before uploading. Or change your password temporarily. I do both of those things regularly. Just like turning off projector in live situation, there is usually a hot key to pause/un-pause the screen casting. That makes for less editing which is always good.

    If they didn't briefly flash the last letter I can imagine that tons of people would screw up their logins every day and perhaps lock out their devices. Definitely not a flaw.
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    08-27-2015 08:08 AM
  12. randally's Avatar
    I use LastPass. It allows me to copy the password to the clipboard without showing it, and the I paste it, in its entirety, in the password field. Therefore it does not show any letters.
    If you are screen-casting, it may be your best option.
    08-27-2015 08:28 AM
  13. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Who's going to pay that much attention to a split second view of characters anyway?
    08-27-2015 08:51 AM
  14. qbnkelt's Avatar
    If they didn't briefly flash the last letter I can imagine that tons of people would screw up their logins every day and perhaps lock out their devices. Definitely not a flaw.
    Exactly. That is developing for percentage of the use case.
    Most users don't cast. Enterprise does.


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    08-27-2015 11:19 AM
  15. Scatabrain's Avatar
    And is easy/hard as it is for someone to peak over your shoulder or see the typing of a password in a movie or projector, they can also see the keys in the onscreen keyboard unless you use bluetooth. Not only can they see your fingers over the keys, the tapped key animates up even in pw fields. I wonder how Android shows this? Certainly the on screen keyboard is a dead giveaway to someone snooping.

    That's why I use temporary passwords. Then it doesn't matter.
    08-27-2015 11:35 AM
  16. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Just tried it on KitKat (VZW sucks for updates). The tapped key doesn't pop up as in ios but it highlights the key very nicely. Just as effective for a snooper. Guess Android isn't protecting you either.
    08-27-2015 11:39 AM
  17. Ernest Yeap's Avatar
    Really? You have someone looking over your shoulder all the time for the .5 second that the characters are on the screen? You do indeed live in a cruel world.


    Sent from my GORGEOUS, SEXY, AWESOME Gold 128G iPhone 6

    U dont know anything about internet spying. They can watch u like watching tv n see whatever u r doing. If they r recording it they just have to keep rewinding to the part u r keying in your password. Get it!
    08-30-2015 08:47 AM
  18. Ernest Yeap's Avatar
    Really? You have someone looking over your shoulder all the time for the .5 second that the characters are on the screen? You do indeed live in a cruel world.


    Sent from my GORGEOUS, SEXY, AWESOME Gold 128G iPhone 6

    Use your brains before u wanna reply!
    08-30-2015 08:54 AM
  19. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Just tried it on KitKat (VZW sucks for updates). The tapped key doesn't pop up as in ios but it highlights the key very nicely. Just as effective for a snooper. Guess Android isn't protecting you either.
    Why you blame Verizon?
    08-30-2015 10:55 AM
  20. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I also am having this problem. It is obviously not secure as others can spy/see wat u r doing n typing, hence they can obtain your password. I have written in to iphone two or three times so far but to no avail. Its common sense this shouldnt be the way. On android it gets masked instantly. This is a cruel world ppl r just hoping for something to happen.
    Who, exactly, can see you type?
    08-30-2015 10:57 AM
  21. zerog46's Avatar
    I need to get my tinfoil hat out.


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    08-30-2015 11:41 AM
  22. Scatabrain's Avatar
    Why you blame Verizon?
    Not for the function described just the lack of Lollipop.
    08-30-2015 03:29 PM
  23. Ernest Yeap's Avatar
    Who, exactly, can see you type?
    Hackers n your ISP of cos..
    08-31-2015 07:44 AM
  24. qbnkelt's Avatar
    U dont know anything about internet spying. They can watch u like watching tv n see whatever u r doing. If they r recording it they just have to keep rewinding to the part u r keying in your password. Get it!
    Use your brains before u wanna reply!

    I'm not going to tell you what I know about internet spying because frankly I'll just embarrass you. And that wouldn't be nice.

    *They* don't need to *watch* you do anything. If you actually knew anything about what you profess to know them you would be aware that the means to get information from you does not involve *watching* you because...duh....anyone would be instantly aware of a spook hanging over your shoulder.

    If you happen to be some athlete keying in your password with a phalanx of journalists over your shoulder, you're a fool. If you happen to be a politician doing the same then you're a dangerous fool. And if you're a private Joe Blow with delusions of being recorded when you key in your password then you need an appointment with a psychologist.

    Fact is, Mr Yeap, that there are myriad ways to get your password. Some very high tech. Some just a bat to your knee caps or some bamboo sticks under your fingernails. Or the threat of harm to your loved ones.

    So step away from the spy novels. No government agency is dependent on one single way to get what they want. If they truly want it, they get it. Most private individuals do not rise to the level of concern to any agency to merit spying. And if a person does, the least of the problems that person encounters is that which entails platform wars.

    So before you get high and mighty about what you think you know about a person on an online forum, think twice. That person might just be a professional in the line of work in which you mistakenly profess intellectual superiority.




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    08-31-2015 07:59 AM
  25. qbnkelt's Avatar
    I need to get my tinfoil hat out.


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    LOL!!! I can get you some.....for some left over from Sunday dinner....


    Sent from my GORGEOUS, SEXY, AWESOME Gold 128G iPhone 6
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    08-31-2015 08:13 AM
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