How to log in when you forgot your password?

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In case you forgot your password and you can't log in on the project that you registered to, you can use your account key to log in with.


Option 1:

To find your account key, open the account_*.xml file for that project in your native BOINC directory. Example given, you forgot your [email protected] password, so you need to open account__einstein.phys.uwm.edu.xml .. By just clicking on the file, it usually opens up in your web browser. Else use Notepad or another text editor to edit the file.

Now look for a 32 character key string in between the <authenticator></authenticator> tags. Copy this key. Close account_.xml (do NOT save it when you opened it in a text editor! Just close it).

Go to the Project web page and try to enter your account, a log in screen should come up. Paste the 32 character key string into the option "log in with account key" and press the Log in with account key button.

This now allows you to get to your account where you can change your password (click password, type a new password twice and press the Change password button). Do not forget it again. ;-)


Option 2:

If you aren't attached to the project, you will not have the account_*.xml file for that project. In this case go to the web site of this project, press the Your Account link. The log in screen comes up. Now press the small blue link saying Click here on the account key option. The link you go to is a bit of a misnomer, as it's a /get_passwd.php page. Fill in the email address that you registered to that project with and press OK. The authenticator key (or account key) will be emailed to you.

To log in, check your email and copy out the 32 character key string. Go to the Project web page and try to enter your account, a log in screen should come up. Paste the 32 character key string into the option "log in with account key" and press the Log in with account key button.

This now allows you to get to your account where you can change your password (click password, type a new password twice and press the Change password button).


Original writer Original FAQ Date
Jorden 221 26-07-2007