One of the features most requested by our users is the ability to set one’s own password. That’s now possible.
If you are a new user, you can select a password of your choice when you first register. The form will ask for your password as well as for you to confirm it. This is an improvement over our previous method which did not let you pick your own password.
If you lose your password, look for the link underneath the login button that says ‘Click here to reset’.
You should then see the following form:
Fill out that form with your information and soon after clicking the RESET PASSWORD button, you will receive an email similar to this. Look for the password, circled in red below (there won’t be a red circle in your email, that’s just for emphasis).
If you are fine with that random password that’s been sent, then go back to the site at your convenience and login. You’re ready to read.
However, if you wish to set a specific password then there are a few extra steps.
SETTING A SPECIFIC PASSWORD
First you will still need to login. Just go to the top of the page and there is a login link.
Once you’ve logged in, using the new password you just received, look at the top of the page for the admin bar. It will have Newton Now at the left side and your user name and some other icons at the right side. (see screenshot below).
If you hover over the link that says ‘Howdy’ followed by your user name, you should see something similar to the screenshot below:
Hover over the second link, which says ‘Edit My Profile’ and it will turn blue. Click on it and it will take you to an edit profile page. There will be many options, but the one you are interested in is ‘Generate Password.’ Click that.
Once you click that, you should see something similar (the contents of the box will vary, as they are randomized).
Simply type what you want to have as your password. This will give you an idea of password strength. The bar below what you’re typing will change color from red if the password is weak, to yellow if it’s of medium strength and green if it’s strong. An example of a strong password is the following (though we’d suggest not actually using this one:
Suggestions for strong passwords include having a mixture of the following:
- using a mixture of uppercase and lower case letters
- using numbers
- using special characters such as *%@$ , etc
For additional information about passwords, we suggest the following link which explains some things about password length and complexity:https://www.grc.com/haystack.htm
Once you’ve picked a password you’re happy with, click the following button at the bottom of the page, and wait for it to finish updating.