Registered user


A registered user is a user of a website, program, or other systems who has previously registered. Registered users normally provide some sort of credentials (such as a username or e-mail address, and a password) to the system in order to prove their identity: this is known as logging in. Systems intended for use by the general public often allow any user to register simply by selecting a register or sign up function and providing these credentials for the first time. Registered users may be granted privileges beyond those granted to unregistered users.



User registration and login enables a system to personalize itself. For example, a website might display a welcome banner with the user's name and change its appearance or behavior according to preferences indicated by the user. The system may also allow a logged-in user to send and receive messages, and to view and modify personnel files or other information.[1]



Privacy concerns


Registration necessarily provides more personal information to a system than it would otherwise have. Even if the credentials used are otherwise meaningless, the system can distinguish a logged-in user from other users and might use this property to store a history of users' actions or activity, possibly without their knowledge or consent. While many systems have privacy policies, depending on the nature of the system, a user might not have any way of knowing for certain exactly what information is stored, how it is used, and with whom, if anyone, it is shared. A system could even sell information it has gathered on its users to third parties for advertising or other purposes.[citation needed] The subject of systems' transparency in this regard is one of ongoing debate.[citation needed]

User inconvenience


Registration may be seen as an annoyance or hindrance,[2] especially if it is not inherently necessary or important (for example, in the context of a search engine) or if the system repeatedly prompts users to register. A system's registration process might also be time-consuming or require that the user provide the information they might be reluctant to, such as a home address or social security number.

See also



  1. ^ Chandra, Shobhana; Verma, Sanjeev; Lim, Weng Marc; Kumar, Satish; Donthu, Naveen (August 2022). "Personalization in personalized marketing: Trends and ways forward". Psychology & Marketing. 39 (8): 1529–1562. doi:10.1002/mar.21670. ISSN 0742-6046.
  2. ^ Metz, Rachel (20 July 2004). "We don't need no stinkin' login". Wired.