What Do I Do If I Cannot Login?

If you cannot login, this is caused by the fact that cookies are not being stored properly on your computer. A "cookie" is a little snippet of information that tells OpEdNews who is logged in so that we can show pages only for logged in users. If the cookie is not being stored properly, you are (by definition) not logged in.

So what to do? There are several likely possibilities for problems like this...

Firstly, you may have incorrect settings in your browser (for example, your browser has cookies turned off, or blocked.) To check this, you need to know which browser you are running. Here is a list of current browsers.

Secondly, you may be running software that interferes with cookie usage. There are many filtering and blocking software packages available for Internet users these days, and many of them also filter cookies. If you are running software like this, then your computer may not receive or send cookies. This will cause sites you visit to assume you are not accepting cookies.

Finally, your machine may be behind a firewall or proxy server that prevents cookie transmission. This is most likely in a corporate environment. So, regardless of how your browser is set, cookies won't be sent or received by your browser. Since the cookies aren't making it through to your browser, OpEdNews will assume you personally aren't accepting them.

Let's see if we can find out what is happening....

Diagnostics

First, you can try deleting all OpEdNews cookies. Then try logging in again. Click here to delete OpEdNews cookies.

Internet Explorer is a commonly used browser. If you are using Internet Explorer, you can try these steps:

Go to Tools ---> Internet Options

Click the Security tab, where you will see four icons [ internet, local intranet, trusted sites and restricted site ]

Click on the trusted sites icon. Go ahead and click right on the words, "Trusted sites."

Next, click the Sites button and manually add http://www.opednews.com there, but first make sure you uncheck the box that says:
"Require server verification"

Also, it's a good idea to set the Security Level off of High down to medium or Medium-High.

Now, go to the Privacy TAB and click the Sites button, and type in http://www.opednews.com in the box that says:
"Address of website". Then click the Allow button.

Also click the Advanced button (still in the Privacy TAB) and make sure that "Override automatic cookie handling" is
NOT checked. If it is checked, you need to ensure that "Accept First-party cookies" is selected.

Doing the above should take care of any login problems. If you're NOT using Internet Explorer, then you can find your browser in the list below, and follow the steps for your browser:

How To Turn Cookies On

Pick out your browser from the list below. Cookies must be turned on, in order to signup/login. If cookies are not turned on, you will constantly be asked to login, even though you have already done so. This is because your login authorization is kept in a cookie.

Windows

Firefox
Internet Explorer 7
Internet Explorer 6
Internet Explorer 5
Internet Explorer 4
Netscape 7.x
Netscape 6.x

Macs

Safari 1.0
Mac IE 5.x
Camino
Opera 7.x

AOL

AOL 8.0
AOL 7.0 with IE 6.x
AOL 7.0 with IE 5.5
AOL 6.0
AOL 5.0
AOL 4.0

 

Windows

Firefox
1. Go to Tools menu at the top of your browser.
2. Select Options from the menu.
3. Click on the Privacy tab.
4. Open the cookies area by clicking the [+] button beside the name Cookies
5. Ensure "Allow sites to set cookies" is checked.
6. Click OK.
7. Restart the browser.

 

Internet Explorer 7

Hit the ALT key to display your menu (if hidden)
Select Tools
Select Internet Options
Select Privacy
Drag and drop the slider bar on the left to Medium
Select Ok

If this function still does not work for you, the you may need to readjust your cookie setting.The choices are:

BLOCK ALL COOKIES
HIGH
MEDIUM HIGH
MEDIUM
LOW
ALLOW ALL COOKIES

 

Internet Explorer 6

1. Go to the Tools menu at the top of your browser.
2. Select Internet Options from the menu.
3. Click on the Privacy tab.
4. Select Advanced.
5. Make sure that Accept Cookies is checked for first party and for third party.
6. Click OK and then OK again.
7. Restart the browser.

Internet Explorer 5

1. Go to the Tools menu at the top of your browser.
2. Select Internet Options from the menu.
3. Click on the Security button.
4. Select Custom Level.
5. Scroll down to cookies and check Enable where it says Allow Cookies Stored On Your Computer.
6. Restart the browser.

 

Internet Explorer 4

1. Choose View from the top menu.
2. Select Internet Options from the menu.
3. Click the Advanced tab.
4. Scroll down to the yellow exclamation icon under Security and choose one of the three options to regulate your use of cookies.
5. Restart the browser.

 

Netscape 7.x

Click Edit on the Toolbar.
Click Preferences
Click the Privacy and Security category; expand the list to show the subcategories.
Click Cookies
Three options are displayed. Click the appropriate choice:

o Enable cookies for the originating web site only
o Enable all cookies
o If you want to be notified when a web site tries to set a cookie, select "Warn me before accepting a cookie."

Netscape 6.x

Click Edit on the Toolbar.
Click Preferences
Click the Privacy and Security category; expand the list to show the subcategories.
Click Cookies
Three options are displayed. Click the appropriate choice:

o Enable cookies for the originating web site only
o Enable all cookies
o If you want to be notified when a web site tries to set a cookie, select "Warn me before accepting a cookie."

Macs

Safari 1.0

From the Safari Menu, select Preferences.
Select the Security icon.
From the Accept Cookies: box, chose Always or
Only from sites you navigate to.

Mac IE 5.x

Click Edit
Select Preferences
Under the Receiving Files option, select Cookies
Under "When receiving cookies:" select the desired level of cookie acceptance
Under "When receiving cookies:" select the desired level of cookie acceptance
Click OK to finish

Camino

Select Preferences from the Camino menu.
Select the Privacy icon.
Select Enable cookies.
Close the Preferences by clicking in the window's close box.

Opera 7.x

From the File menu, choose Preferences.
Select the Privacy category.
Select Enable Cookies.
From the Normal Cookies drop-down menu, select Automatically accept all cookies.
From the Third Party drop-down menu, select Automatically accept all cookies.
Click OK.

 

AOL

AOL 8.0

From the AOL Toolbar, select Settings.
Select Preferences
Select Internet Properties (WWW)
Select the Privacy tab
Select Advanced
Deselect
override automatic cookie handling button
Click OK to exit.

AOL 7.0 with IE 6.x

From the AOL Toolbar, select Settings.
Select Preferences
Select Internet Properties (WWW)
Select the Privacy tab
Select Advanced
Deselect
override automatic cookie handling button
Click OK to exit.

AOL 7.0 with IE 5.5

From the AOL Toolbar, select Settings.
Select Preferences
Select Internet Properties (WWW)
Select the Security tab
Select the Custom Level tab
Under "Allow Cookies that are stored on your computer" click "Enable"
Under "Allow per-session cookies (not stored)" click "Enable"
Select OK, Yes you want to save the settings

AOL 6.0

From the AOL Toolbar, select Settings
Select Preferences
Select Internet Properties (WWW)
Select the Security tab
Select the Custom Level tab
Under "Allow Cookies that are stored on your computer" click "Enable"
Under "Allow per-session cookies (not stored)" click "Enable"
Select OK, Yes you want to save the settings

AOL 5.0

Go to My AOL
Pick WWW
Click the Security tab
Go to Custom Level
Scroll down to find Cookie
Click "Enable"
Click OK

AOL 4.0

Click on Preferences
Select on the WWW button
Click on the Advanced tab
Select the "Accept all cookies" checkbox

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