A while ago, arc90 decided that having to submit a form to find out if you’ve entered the right password was inefficient, so they set about finding a quick and secure way of telling you if the password you’ve entered is correct. They came up with Hashmask which does that pretty well.
When you enter your password into the field, you’ll be shown a little graphic. Remember that graphic! That’s the visual representation of your password. For instance, if I enter my password I see a green shape, with two peaks at the beginning. If I type it in, and that’s not the graphic I see then I’ve typed it wrong and know to type it again (without wasting time submitting the page)!
It’s completely secure though. Even if someone sees what shape your password makes, there’s nothing that can do to convert that image back to a real word.
Are you sure no one can work out my password from that image?
As sure as computationally possible. It uses a one way encryption method called SHA1, which means that once the password is encrypted, it can never be converted back to the original word.
Merged two out of date files because I’m still learning SVN… Live and learn.
Small bug fixes * You can now call the plugin directory whatever you like, if for some reason you needed change it… * Changed the CSS a little so that the image lines up better in the login field * Tested up to 3.0.1