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About Usernames and Passwords

    What Is My SFF Username and Password?
    When you join SFF Net, you're assigned a unique username and an intial password that goes with it. You receive your username/password in the welcome email that's sent out when your account is processed. The email contains other important information about your account, so it is a good idea to save it (or print it out and file it for future reference).

    Usernames and passwords are linked - think of them as Siamese Twins joined at the hip. You can't use one without the other. Any place on SFF Net that asks for a password will also have a spot to enter your username, so be sure you always enter both.

    Usernames are not case-sensitive, but passwords are. In other words, BettyBoop, BETTYBOOP and bettyboop are all the same username, but RinTinTin rintintin and RINTINTIN are all different passwords. So you not only need to remember your password, but also exactly how you type it.

    Is my username the same as my email address?
    No, your username is used to grant access to SFF Net services (such as private areas on the news server) or to let you into your mailbox to read your mail. Think of it as a combination lock on your door that only accepts your username/password as the combination.

    Your email address is used by Internet mail servers to let others send you email - just like the post office uses your home mailing address. Don't confuse your username and email address - you can't very well open a combination lock with an envelope.

    About passwords
    Passwords are intended primarily for your protection - they are the primary barrier to someone else using your identity without your permission. It's always best if you don't tell anyone your password. You'll also want to be sure to pick passwords that can't be easily guessed or cracked by simply trying words from a dictionary.

    You'd be amazed at how many people have "password" or "123" as their password. For hackers, that's a bit like putting out $20 bills on your porch and leaving the door ajar.

    The best passwords are those that are at least 8 characters long, easy to remember, yet contain a mixture of words, capitalization letters, and/or numbers resulting in a really unusual combination, such as luceLipz or Sync4schipps. However, don't bother substituting 1's for L's or 3's for E's, most hackers try those combinations out these days too.

    Resetting your password
    You can reset your SFF Net password at any time - in fact we recommend you do this the first time as soon as possible after you receive it.

    Passwords are changed using your web browser. To do this, use the Change Your Password link on the WebNews or WebMail Options page (also available on the Member Services page). This will pull up the Change Password dialog box.

    Password Change Screen

    Enter your esxisting username and password into the first two fields, then enter your new password twice. That's all there is to it. If you get an error message, read it carefully. You probably mistyped one of the fields.

    What if I forget my username or password?
    Your password information is encoded a one-way encryption scheme which prevents us from ever seeing or obtaining your password, so we are unable to tell you what your password is. However, we can reset it for you. There is a fee for resetting passwords. To request your password be reset, go to the Member Services section of the main SFF Net webpage and click the Forgot your password? link.

    If you've forgotten both your username and password, there is a link on the Forgot your password? page to allow you to tell us who you are (please include your email address!) and we'll send you updated information.

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