I just noticed that when I type in the last 10 digits from my VCU ID card, the numbers appear on screen. I had to hold my card to the screen, tilted down so as not to show what's supposed to be private - to anyone with a picture-taking cel phone. Please stop this. I know you mean well. You want us to be able to see if we have typed what we intended. Even with asterisks appearing instead of our digits, we will still be slowed to a crawl, focused on our typing, and less able to notice if someone else is also typing or writing our numbers. That's at least less likely. I suppose the only completely adequate solution is to retrofit card-reading keyboards, when and if they are donated by businesses.
Jimmy Ghaphery of Library Infdormation Systems, replies...
Thanks for the comments. One of our current projects is to look at how we might make logging in easier and more secure than with the last 10 digits.
With the current login, we are not able to shield the VCUCARD number username, only the password is shielded.
Prior to implementing the login, students had to compete with those from outside VCU who were using our computers to surf the Internet, chat, play games, etc. The Internet login is directly related to our desire to give our students priority access to library computers. Without such a login, it would be even more difficult to find an available computer, especially in Cabell Library, because of increased use by the public.