Worst Authentication Error Page

by Krishna on February 9, 2009

bug

What would you expect if you typed the wrong password into a login screen such as the following?

adwords login

Most of you would suppose that Google Adwords would bring up a screen telling you that your username or password is incorrect. Here is what I got:

adwords bug

This is a very subtle problem. I typed in an older password that was used before I updated the login to a Google account. If I had used a completely different (and wrong) password, I would see the standard login error message. I would have thought that once the update was done, they would have got rid of the older password and forced me to use the new password with the same error message. It is apparent that for some reason, they don’t do that. Anyway, incredibly confusing.


[Photo licensed and adapted from .mands.]

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