Automatic Log In to SMUG Bulletin Board

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Automatic Log In to SMUG Bulletin Board

Post by Mary Howard » Wed Jul 25, 2012 3:37 pm

Different topic. I have checked the box asking to automatically log into the Log In area everytime I have posted something, on both my Mac and my iPad. And I haven't automatically been logged in even once. Is there a problem on the site or is it that someone, somewhere, doesn't like me?
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Re: Automatic Log In to SMUG Bulletin Board

Post by Richard Serkes » Wed Jul 25, 2012 4:05 pm

What browser are you using? Some browsers will not let you automatically log in if you're already logged in on another device.

The SMUG Forum software isn't the problem. It handles the auto login just fine. Let's start the trouble shooting with the browser.
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Re: Automatic Log In to SMUG Bulletin Board

Post by Mary Howard » Wed Jul 25, 2012 5:14 pm

Okay, I am using Safari and I am only logged in on my Mac, I use Safari on my iPad also and have never tried to log in on two devices at the same time. I always log off no matter which device I am using. I hope that is the information you needed. Thanks.
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Re: Automatic Log In to SMUG Bulletin Board

Post by Richard Serkes » Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:48 pm

Mary Howard wrote:Okay, I am using Safari and I am only logged in on my Mac, I use Safari on my iPad also and have never tried to log in on two devices at the same time. I always log off no matter which device I am using. I hope that is the information you needed. Thanks.
It is but I don't have an answer for you. Maybe our illustrious webmaster will have an answer.
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Re: Automatic Log In to SMUG Bulletin Board

Post by Richard Serkes » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:16 pm

Here's a thought...

I'm using Safari v5.1.7. Go to Preferences/Autofill and make sure the appropriate box is checked. In Edit you can identify the SMUG Forum as a site you want autofill to work in but exclude those sites you don't want autofill to work in.
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Re: Automatic Log In to SMUG Bulletin Board

Post by Richard Serkes » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:15 pm

Wait a minute. Did you say earlier in this thread that you LOG OFF each device? That's the problem. After logging in and doing what you want to do on the SMUG Forum, just go to another website or close Safari. Don't LOG OFF. The next time you go to the SMUG Forum you'll still be logged in.
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Re: Automatic Log In to SMUG Bulletin Board

Post by Stephen Hart » Wed Jul 25, 2012 9:46 pm

Richard Serkes wrote:Wait a minute. Did you say earlier in this thread that you LOG OFF each device? That's the problem. After logging in and doing what you want to do on the SMUG Forum, just go to another website or close Safari. Don't LOG OFF. The next time you go to the SMUG Forum you'll still be logged in.
So what are you saying, Richard? The Mac does exactly what you told it to do?

By the way, there are forums--even ones using the same phpBB software--that will only keep you logged in for a specified period of time.
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Re: Automatic Log In to SMUG Bulletin Board

Post by Richard Serkes » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:03 pm

It's been many many months since Ray and I set up the new software but I seem to remember we talked about time outs and decided to eliminate them. If the OP logs off each time she leaves the forum she won't be logged back in by the software, she'll have to do it manually.

I think the confusion is in the tag "automatically log in." What's really happening is the Forum software remembers you logged in and didn't log off so it let's you continue to use it without having to renter username and password.

I should have caught her statement that she logged out after each visit.

And I guess I should admit that I just watched Ray set up the software. I really didn't do much.
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Re: Automatic Log In to SMUG Bulletin Board

Post by Mary Howard » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:23 pm

Thank you gentleman. I will continue to log out after every session. Don't like leaving any sight open when I
Leave. Guess I am a little paranoid. Thanks again.
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Re: Automatic Log In to SMUG Bulletin Board

Post by Ray Bentsen » Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:43 pm

Just a side note:

A change has been made to the default expiration time, which is the number of seconds until you get automatically logged off. (see screenshot)

Can you figure how long that is in minutes, hours, or days?

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