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One that I’ve personally faced is the virtual keyboard. When the site was built, these virtual keyboards were considered a security feature.
In the years since, however, we’ve realized that it is much better to have long, randomly generated, single use passwords.
The issue is that treasurydirect.gov doesn’t allow you to paste those passwords.
The fix is extremely simple and requires just a few steps. Note: this only works on a computer with a full browser. If you’re on a phone, you’re stuck with the virtual keyboard for now. Though, if this is your first time looking at or modifying HTML, it might be intimidating. Please read through it though, this is not only simple, but totally safe!
Before we begin, let’s talk about how the website is preventing you from pasting your password and what we’re going to do about it.
The element where the password is stored is called an
input. You see these on all sorts of sites. It’s a text box. But the folks who developed the site added an extra attribute:
Simply put, this means that you can’t actually edit the input. Which means it’s not really an input (in the common sense of the word).
You might be wondering how the virtual keyboard works at this point, since clearly values are being put into the
Okay, so there’s an
input on the screen, but we can’t input anything!
Well, we’ve already identified the solution - simply remove the
At this point, you might be saying, ‘sure, sounds easy, but how? It’s someone else’s website!’ and that’s true! But, once the website is sent to your computer you can edit it to your hearts desire. (These changes are only temporary. If you were to refresh the page, any changes you made would be wiped out.)
So, what do we need to do to be able to paste a password into treasurydirect.gov (or any other site like it)?
Shift + Command + C is the keyboard shortcut on a Mac)
input element with your cursor
Elements you should now see that the
input is highlighted.
readonly=readonly and delete it.
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