Password Change Problem

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dbcottam
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Password Change Problem

Postby dbcottam » Sat Sep 05, 2015 6:38 pm

I was called by a recent convert who was unable to access her LDS Account. I helped her change the password.
I was able to log into LDS Account and Family Search but not LDS Tools or the LDS Store...

Is there some sort of lag in syncing the passwords across the sites? or is this an anomaly that should be resolved by tech support?

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Re: Password Change Problem

Postby russellhltn » Sat Sep 05, 2015 8:13 pm

I have seen a lag some time ago. I don't remember how long. Longer than I would have expected, but I don't think it was an hour.

But keep in mind, there's a lot of things she's not going to be able to access unless her MRN has been added to her account.
Have you searched the Wiki?
Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

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Re: Password Change Problem

Postby LDSAccountTech » Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:55 am

There are a couple of things to check with accounts when this happens.
[list=]First, if the MRN is not associated with the account, then users won't be able to log in to Tools and view ward information (or other sites and see MRN-specific information). If the MRN is associated with the account, then you may need to change browsers and try changing passwords again.
Ensure you are using ldsaccount.lds.org to change the password (or to recover it). If the site lags or seems unresponsive, then try ldsaccount-classic.lds.org.
You may also need to clear browsing data or internet cache/cookies to speed up sites and browsers.
Finally, if all else fails, try using a different device to change the password.[/list]
Another thing to note, sometimes users change their passwords, but the site doesn't give a confirmation. You may want to try logging in to another site with the new password you tried to change your password to, just to ensure that the password hasn't already been changed, even though it didn't say so.

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Re: Password Change Problem

Postby russellhltn » Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:45 pm

I think the definitive test for login is to log out and try to log back into ldsaccount.lds.org. Everything else could be on a delay.
Have you searched the Wiki?

Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

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Re: Password Change Problem

Postby LDSAccountTech » Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:53 pm

Typically password changes have synchronized through ALL systems within a few seconds (less than 10). Occasionally, servers can get stuck on a process and password replication does become backed up. If one waits, it will usually synchronize. If a person changes their password again, or even several times, the last password specified, will ultimately synchronize to FamilySearch, or to whichever system is being problematic.

In rare cases, the password does not synchronize due to system problems. If a password has been changed, and after a day or so, the new password is still not working on any church website (but works to log into ldsaccount.lds.org), the person can go to ldsaccount.lds.org/contact, and submit a support request to look at their LDS Account.


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