Let’s face it: logging into websites over and over can be both monotonous and frustrating. Plus it requires remembering all those pesky passwords.
Even signing up for new accounts can be aggravating because you have to give out so much of your personal information to websites. Having to type your name, address, date of birth, phone number, and email takes a long time, and it’s even more annoying on mobile devices. Plus there’s the privacy issue of not knowing how the site might use your personal data.
But fear not: there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
The Facts (and some low-tech math)
I did a little test and found that it took me an average of 6.4 seconds to log into the top five websites that I use every day. Assuming I peruse these websites up to two times each per day, that’s 64 seconds a day, 23,360 seconds a year, or roughly 6.48 hours spent each year logging into just five websites. It basically it means that I could have watched upwards of six Game of Thrones episodes in the time I spent logging in to websites. That’s precious time!
We recently surveyed over 1,000 US internet users about their web browsing habits, and one finding was that people have an average of 36.60 different online accounts. While it’s likely that users don’t log in to all of these accounts on a daily basis, there’s a lot of logging in that’s eating up productive waking hours and adding unnecessary stress to our lives.
Those surveyed took an average of 5.47 minutes to sign up for a new online account. If we multiply that time by the average 36.60 accounts that users have, it means that users spend approximately 3 hours signing up for new accounts or memberships on websites.
But don’t worry: you can do some very simply things to reclaim all of this wasted time.
The Solution: Use Automatic Log In and Forms Fill
One of the simplest things you can do is use a product or browser that has either an automatic login or a form-filling function.
Form-filling: A forms-filling program stores the personal information you enter online most often and automatically fills it in for you. When you click into an online form, the program instantly populates the information needed. Some popular examples are Autofill Forms, FillForms, and RoboForm.
Automatic log-in: Logging in (AKA logging on, signing in, or signing on) is the process by which a user enters credentials (usually a username and password) to gain access to a restricted or members-only portion of a website. With automatic log in tools, it’s one click and you’re in. You don’t have to manually type in your credentials. Usually the automatic login feature is supplied by a browser add-on, such as Secure Login or AutoAuth, but tools like Dashlane offer it too. These programs provide a way for the user to log in to a website with either a click or a keyboard shortcut.
Hopefully you can get a more fluid, safe, and user-friendly web browsing experience with these tools!