The Eye in Internet Explorer 10 and 11

June 30, 2015 at 21:30:28
Specs: Win 7
I have been using either Internet Explorer version 8 -- which came
with Windows 7 -- or whatever version of Firefox. Two days ago I
downloaded and installed IE 11, didn't like it, uninstalled it, then
downloaded and installed IE 10. A few minutes ago I noticed the eye
icon in the password box and the X in the username box when logging
onto another site. I understand that this was done by Internet Explorer,
and it greatly disturbs me. First because IE should not "know" the
purpose of any input box, and second because IE should not alter
the content of any web page. It's like some programmer at Microsoft
is a wannabe hacker. Or former hacker who can't kick the habit.
Or was hired by Microsoft to hack.

How did Internet Explorer recognize the username and password input

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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July 1, 2015 at 01:59:03
Pardon, but have you installed any antivirus software? If not, I recommend you to install one. My recommendation is AVG Free.

If you now have an antivirus installed, please perform a quick scan.

Now, Microsoft is not a hacking team and they respect each one's privacy. When you want to use IE, I suggest that you install the latest version.

If you are still having problems, you may try to reset IE.

You may also try to use different browsers. Here are my recommendations:
Opera, Chrome, Firefox

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July 1, 2015 at 02:57:46
If it disturbs you that a browser makes changes to a web page then you are in a very difficult position. All browsers interpret the HTTP stream that they receive (indeed, that is the whole purpose of a browser). And most of them allow extensions, such as ad-blockers as just one example, that make much larger changes to the displayed data than this.

I'd have thought it was pretty trivial for a browser to recognize user logon boxes (the associated label is a bit of a giveaway) and password boxes are even easier (the HTML code labels them as such).

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July 1, 2015 at 04:51:42

Why do you ask about antivirus software? Are you suggesting that the
icons might be signs of a virus?? I have no reason to think *that*.

> Now, Microsoft is not a hacking team and they respect each one's privacy.


As I said, I already downloaded and installed IE 11. And uninstalled it.

Actually, I did reset IE a few minutes before I noticed the icons.

And as I said, I also use Firefox. A few minor differences.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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July 1, 2015 at 05:55:20
What site are you logging into where the fields were apparently recognized for what they are? This isn't unusual behavior. When you log into this site, don't you already see your login name and your password entry showing asterisks?

Did you make any configuration changes when you upgraded the Browser?

I agree with ijack. ALL browsers interpret and manipulate the data presented from a webpage.

If that's a problem for you, I'm not sure what advice I an offer. You didn't answer the question about whether or not you're running anti-virus. My opinion would be that's more crucial than worrying about how fields are interpreted on websites. :)

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July 1, 2015 at 13:28:14
Based on some of your other posts, you seem to be concerned about security, so why would you continue to use an outdated browser? If you don't like IE11, I suggest you stop using IE altogether & stick with Firefox. But make sure to keep it updated. The most current version as of this writing is 38.0.6. 39.0 is currently in the beta stage.

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July 1, 2015 at 19:16:55
A 'remember passwords' option was likely part of setting up the versions you tried out. That might be the reason.

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July 1, 2015 at 19:51:28
The eye icon simply means you can see your password as you type which avoids errors. Some sites allow you to turn it off simply by clicking on it, but not all sites have it.

"Lastpass is a case in point. There is nothing underhand about it. Don't panic the end of the world is not nigh!

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July 2, 2015 at 02:06:44
HERE is Microsoft Wiki article about the use of the Password Reveal (Eye) button in IE10 & IE11.


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July 5, 2015 at 18:46:15
It was shocking to me because it just started happening without any
warning or explanation of what it was. It may have started as soon as
I accessed a page requiring password input, but I didn't notice it until
a day or so after I started using IE 10. I had to Google an explanation.

The particular page where I noticed it is one where I do not use the
"remember me" function.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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