Passwords / Registration / Banned / Other Problems

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  1. Admin

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    If you are unable to register for an account, or if you are unable to access your account for any reason, you may contact me either at my email address at kenanderson@kenanderson.net or through our Facebook Page, and I'll try to resolve whatever the problem is.

    Facebook is the preferred choice, if you have a Facebook account, in that your message is less likely to be lost.

    If your Registration is not approved, the most likely problem is that 1) the email address or ISP used is listed in a forum spam registry we use or 2) you did not use a FIRST and a LAST name when registering for an account.

    Sometimes I will approve a registration for an account using a handle or just a first name, and ask them to change it later. Generally, I will do that when I have a good reason to believe that an actual person is trying to register for an account, but so many of these registrants are spam accounts that I will often just deny the ones using common spam email addresses, such as gmail.com or aol.com and who are not using a first and last name.

    No, there is nothing wrong with using a gmail.com or aol.com email address, and there is no need to change your email address if you have an account here, but when that is combined with other factors, such as the use of a handle, when the registration page asks for a first and a last name, then it has the appearance of a spam account, and we get a lot of those.

    We don't ban a lot of people here and, except for spammers, bans usually last only a month. At this time, no one is on our ban list. If you have been banned, our goal is to get you back as a contributing member of the forum and, by that, I mean contributing posts and threads, not money. To that end, I am not averse to shortening the length of a ban. Don't be afraid to ask.

    If you are emailing me, please include "SENIORSonly Club" or "Seniors Only Club" in the subject line so that I don't inadvertently delete your email, thinking that it's spam or junk mail.
     
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    Facebook is the best choice because I check my Facebook account several times a day, while I check my email only every few days, and it's easy for stuff to get lost there, given that 99.9% of the email I receive is spam or stuff that I am not interested in.
     
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    Am too old for this.... Can't remember what my name is... is it my real name?
    My Gmail name? my username (whatever that means) or the name I use on the forum.
    Depending on the website I am visiting, it can be any of the above, and... because I usually go to many, many websites every day, it 's a problem keeping track.
    Not sure why the site doesn't remember me, but when I check in my Chrome "saved" password, found three that were saved for this site.

    Am taking a clue that I AM too old to be posting. Checking "Memory Lane" in my CCRC to see if there are any openings.

    Don't take this as a complaint... It's just me... and age. Now , when I want to go to one of my favorite websites, I usually begin at the "Help" page.

    :(
     
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    @ Tom Young The same thing happens to all of us. I'm locked out of the social security site because I can't remember my password. I can't get on the site to change my old phone number, therefore, I can't receive a temporary password because they are sending it to that old number. This has been going on for 6 months. Guess I'll find a solution one day or perhaps never check it again. :D
     
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    My iPad saves all of my passwords for me, thank goodness ! I have it set so that if I register somewhere, it asks me if I want to save the password, and if I change it for some reason, then the iPad updates it for me.
    The iPad has something called a keychain, and it stores passwords there, so if for some reason I didn’t get it saved properly, then I can look in settings at the keychain and find the password again.
    The keychain works with every Apple device, so I can access my passwords from any of them.
     
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    I can not believe none of you use a Password manager. Makes everything so much simpler.:)
     
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    I tried to change my wife's address on social-sec and the only way it could be done was to call the agency.
     
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    I never used one because I always assumed if your passwords were stored on the device, there would be a way for someone to find them out remotely. ( And I've probably been wrong all along too. ;) )
     
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    @Yvonne Smith That's why i have the ipad and my other devices are Macs. There is always an easily understood solution. I usually write down my passwords in my journal book just in case, but have had no trouble with my passwords being saved on my apples, even if i have changed them, my Macs are always current.
     
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    @Nancy Hart Doesn't matter if your security server is like Fort Max, there are always someone that will try and force their way in. I use Norton, always have, one of their services are running virus and security checks, often.
     
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    @Ken Anderson I'm sure you have an answer for this. I use Norton Security, always have and always will, has been a great comfort to me.......one thing it offers is that it marks safe and unsafe sites, which i totally appreciate.... my question is Norton safe search marks SoC as Not Secure. would you know any reason for this.
     
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    I am pretty sure that Ken addressed this in some thread, but not sure which one. The basic gist of his answer was that the secure sites are necessary for shopping websites, where credit cards/information are being used on the site.
    Since this is not a shopping site, and no money transactions, it does not have to be secure for credit cards to be used.

    Edit to add Ken’s explanation:
    That's got nothing to do with any of that. That is simply because I am not paying for an SS certificate for an https:// connection opposed to an http:// connection. I am not taking credit cards or storing personal records here, so there's no point to it. Shopping sites have that, and some other sites have done it simply get away from that browser nag. This is not a shopping site. Besides, despite their SS certificates, shopping sites get hacked all the time.
     
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    @Yvonne Smith Thanks a big bunch!!!!! Totally answered my question.:).
     
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    In the nine years I have used this pass word manager everything has been great and no problems. However I also change own regularly on many sites. I just find it much simpler neater and less worrisome.
     
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    I'm not selling anything. I'm not collecting your credit card numbers. I'm not collecting any personal information about you. I don't even check to see that your email works anymore. Any site that does not pay for a secure certificate, whose URL begins with https:// rather than http:// is marked by some browsers as nonsecure. If I were to ever decide to have a section of the site that requires payment, I'll do that but otherwise, probably not.

    As for actual security, the software that I use, and the security that is available from the hosting company, has done a pretty good job. Every day, there are hacking attempts yet, so far, in more than four years of operation, no one has gotten in. DDOS attacks have (very temporarily) taken us down a few times, but that's about it. Meanwhile, most of the big online retailers have been hacked more than once. That doesn't mean that they are less secure, of course, only that there's no reason for anyone to hack us, except for fun, while they can make a lot of money selling the credit card and ID information that they get from the retailers.
     
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