If you’re one of those who don’t like to see their own passwords as they type (very useful when you’re in a room with people you can’t actually trust), password masking is a good idea, but it also has its weak parts, especially that one when you get pissed off by typing it wrong a few times in a row and not being able to figure out where’s the mistake…
The idea behind HashMask is to give you a hashed representation of your password as you type, pictured as a color-filled sparkline-bordered area that’s being displayed at the end of the password entry field. Once you get used to it, you’ll never type a wrong password and press the Login button again, so adding HashMask to your site can really be a good idea.

Released under the terms of the BSD license, HashMask is a jQuery plugin that won’t get users using an old or incompatible browser in trouble, but it won’t help them see if they are typing the password right before pressing that Login button, either…

Compatibility: all major browsers with JavaScript enabled, except IE6 and, probably, the IE-based browsers installed on a computer with IE6 in place (some feedback regarding this part would be great, so if you can provide that, don’t be shy!)

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