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Global auth is dead! Long live universal login

Update: Universal login is in place and considered "done". If you see anything weird, please submit new bug reports. As y'all know, our current flavor of "global authentication" ...
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How do I change my login provider(s)?

I no longer use the service that I originally used to register, and would like to change the service I use to log in, or at least add a second account. Is this possible? How do I change my login ...
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WordPress.com button is going away from login/signup screens

If you are not currently using WordPress credentials to sign in, you can safely ignore this post. Otherwise, read on... Wordpress.com has retired OpenID support for blogs created after January 2, ...
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myOpenID shuts down February 1, 2014; add an alternative login method to your account [closed]

Janrain has announced end of service for myOpenID, one of the many OpenID providers. MyOpenID will not be available starting February 1, 2014. (An earlier Twitter announcement from Janrain hinted at ...
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Keeping the top bar logged in

It is my understanding that one of the central purposes of the new top bar was to unite the sites so that there is a feeling of staying within the same master site (Stack Exchange) as you browse the ...
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How does SO's new auto-login feature work?

SO and SU just told me I've been logged in. I'm guessing because I'm already logged into my Google account... but how does SO know that?
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"OpenID 2.0 for Google Accounts is going away"; will this affect Stack Exchange? [closed]

Apparently, for some reason, Google is retiring its OpenID 2.0 platform. I got this notice while logging in with Disqus, but not with Stack Exchange. So... is Stack Exchange going to be affected by ...
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Can't log in using Firefox in Stack Overflow

Here's what is happening; everytime I go to Stack Overflow (stackoverflow.com, NOT meta) with Firefox, it gives me the "Welcome back" tab that pops up from the top. Whenever I click in the "click here ...
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New login & signup pathway for the Stack Exchange network

We will be rolling out a new, fully re-factored and redesigned login & signup pathway on Meta tomorrow morning, just missing Marc's estimate of 6-8 weeks back in October. As many of you are ...
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Suspicious login request when using Google id

I am getting this error repeatedly when I try to login to the Physics Stack Exchange site for the first time using a Google id. Sorry, your request could not be completed because it looked suspicious....
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Why does Stack Exchange want to access my Facebook friends list? [closed]

I just signed in to Stack Overflow via Facebook today, like I always do and got the OAuth window that asked me if I would allow Stack Exchange to access my friends list. Why would SO want my Facebook ...
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Pressing "tab" in log-in form switches to "Forgot password?"

The login form used to have an intuitive behaviour up to a few days ago: pressing the tab key would switch from the email field to the password field, just like pretty much any such login form under ...
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Can't login with Stack Exchange OpenID when HTTPS-Everywhere plugin is active - apparent protocol mismatch

I can't seem to log in with my Stack Exchange OpenID. When I try, I get the error message: Unable to log in with your OpenID provider: The openid.return_to parameter (https://unix....
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HTML manipulation lets me break into private betas

I managed to (again) break into a private beta. I used a simple procedure, I copied the login form from another site and used the SE.com openID login. It didn't complain at all, and I wasn't committed ...
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New year, new experiment: Login and Signup UI

In the true spirit of better late than never... We're on-and-off A/B testing a new UI for login and signup pages on all Q&A sites. It looks something like this: The long and short of it is ...
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Is the Stack Overflow login secure against enumeration attacks?

I just noticed that when you go to https://stackoverflow.com/users/login#log-in pick "Stack Exchange" enter any email address submit the form without entering a password you will get a message like "...
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Update the SO FAQ to reflect the new account requirement for asking questions

As first noted by Daniel Hilgarth here, the Do I have to log in or create an account? section of the Stack Overflow FAQ needs to be updated to reflect the fact that anonymous users can no longer ask ...
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Logins can be added/removed without reauthenticating, allowing temporary XSS to be escalated to permanent account hijacking

When you're logged in to a Stack Exchange account, it's possible to add and remove logins (associated OpenID/OAuth accounts) without performing any form of reauthentication. This is not a full ...
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Should we prank not-logged-in users?

At the moment, this is what Interpersonal.SE looks like for a user who doesn't have an account and just followed a link from Google: Now, I'm a frequent user of this site and I know that it isn't ...
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Warn myOpenID users about end of service

So myOpenID appears to be a bit up and down right now, and recently Janrain tweeted they are not supporting it anymore after fixing an earlier problem: While it's been dead (or at least severely ...
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Why is the HandleSuccess method such a terrible one?

As per this tweet by Jason Punyon, I was kind of wondering if any of the SO devs could elaborate a little on why exactly this method is so terrible/hard to refactor? A few choice words about ...
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Switch Stack Overflow account from Google login to Stack Exchange login [duplicate]

Right now I have an account on Stack Overflow that was created automatically when I logged in using my Google account. The point is, what happens if I lose access to my Google account? It seemed ...
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2FA for Stack Exchange universal login

I'm aware there's already a FR for this, but it applied to OpenID. With OpenID now being deprecated, that feature request will never be implemented. Therefore, this feature request for 2FA asks ...
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Use of login/logout is inconsistent and incorrect

The terms login and logout are used inconsistently and incorrectly. The links up there in the header and the associated buttons should use the verb form log in and log out because they're actions. ...
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How does one Stack Exchange site know that I'm logged in to the other?

Here's what I did: Completely cleared my browser of all cookies Opened a new browser window in Incognito mode Navigated to askubuntu.com and log in Opened a new tab and navigate to stackoverflow.com ...
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Can't login to SEDE - "StackApps authentication failed"

When I try to login to the Stack Exchange Data Explorer using Stack Overflow, it fails with the following error message: StackApps authentication failed I've tried several browsers, and even in ...
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Authenticate to Stack Exchange using GitHub

I've seen sign in methods using GitHub as an authentication provider, for example c9.io: (AWS Cloud9) Is it possible to authenticate into Stack Exchange using this method? At the moment there's ...
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Sporadic login/logout issues after February 24 maintenance

Since at least 2 hours ago (7:00PM (EST) on Saturday, February 24, 2024) and about 6 hours past the time today’s maintenance was declared “COMPLETED” by staff member Dalmarus I have experienced login ...
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Can we have a "log out on this computer only" button? [duplicate]

While it's great to have the ability to clear all session cookies for all devices, I'd like the ability to log out on one computer only, and not come home to have to relogin on all of my devices. It ...
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What OpenID providers should we feature on the /login page?

I did a quick query to see what the current breakdown of OpenID providers is across Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and Super User (but not Meta, as I figured that'd be 100% overlap): google.com ...
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"Welcome back [object Object] you've been logged in" when changing sites

I switched from Stack Overflow to meta and saw this: Welcome back object Object?? Do I see an unhandled situation here?
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Can one log in using multiple Google accounts with Stack Overflow?

I don't see an option anywhere though, perhaps some hack. If not, can this be a feature request?
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Option to add a Stack Exchange Login to Existing Account has gone AWOL

When I was trying to help this user, I noticed that there is no "Sign Up" or "Login" option for a Stack Exchange account when you are already signed in. I know it used to be there, what happened to ...
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Why does Stack Exchange ask for a reload on successful automatic login?

I'm looking for an answer considering both technical limitations and user experience. Does it need a reload from a technical standpoint?
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No "Login using Google" option in Android app

I registered this ID with my Gmail account, and logged in successfully via web browser. However, while I was trying to log in on the Stack Exchange app in my Android Phone, I don't see any option to ...
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Cannot login SO from China

I'm from China and using goagent to access some blocked websites. But recently I can't login to SO. As you can see, connection to cdn.sstatic.net timed out. But if I use goagent to direct ...
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Getting logged out multiple times... issue continues

I stay logged into SO from multiple computers at my location using my Google ID. Today, for some reason, multiple times from the same multiple computers, I'm getting repeatedly bumped out and having ...
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How can I link two Google accounts to one Stack Exchange account?

I have one SO login that is linked to a Google Apps Account. The thing is... I have a second Google Apps account and I would like to add it to My Logins but nothing I have tried has worked. I've ...
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Stack Exchange Data Explorer Login is Changing

Update Aug 27, 2020 The migrations have been executed. I've just tested that I can login into my old account via the new login method! In line with our efforts to discontinue support for OpenID, we'...
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Why do I keep getting logged out of Stack Overflow?

I keep on getting logged out of Stack Overflow on my personal computer. This can happen even when I've been logged in earlier in the same day. It used to be that I'd never get logged out of SO (which ...
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How to investigate Stack Overflow account hacking that resulted in answering some question inappropriately?

About an hour ago, from my account, an inappropriate message was posted as a reply to a Stack Overflow question. I have noticed it, because I started getting downvotes. To my understanding my Gmail ...
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I can't get my account to not auto-login at work

This is absolutely unacceptable. I logged in to my StackOverflow on a shared work computer. After logging out, no matter what I do, I am automatically logged back in whenever someone visits 'log in'->...
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Welcome back, user. Click here to get error 404

When I visit a rarely-used Stack Exchange site (homepage, e.g., drupal.stackexchange.com) I get the familiar banner: in which the link "Click here" has URL such as http://drupal.stackexchange.com/%...
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Bad robot! I just logged in, I didn't create the post in 0.35 seconds!

Problem The robot dialogue (captcha) presents itself if you Compose a post on a site you haven't logged into without submitting the post Log in Submit the post (it's already filled out since Stack ...
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How can I add a Stack Exchange login to my preexisting account? [duplicate]

When I created my account, I used Facebook Connect as my only login type and I can only log in to my account using it. I wish to create a Stack Exchange login to be able to log in with instead of ...
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Did something change with Stack Exchange's cross-domain login process? (no longer working)

I have my web browser set to block all third-party cookies. The only place where this is an issue is on Stack Exchange sites, where it prevents a log in action on one site from successfully logging ...
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What's the breakdown of logins used on the Stack Exchange network?

Since people ask this occasionally, I'm posting an updated breakdown of the login providers that are typically used on the Stack Exchange network. For related historical discussion, see this post.
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Stop repeatedly auto-associating accounts on login!

I want my Meta profile kept unassociated with the others. Maybe that's swimming against the current, but that's what I want. Feature: Don't automatically associate my account when I login. Auto-...
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Stack Overflow login problem - I can't log in!

So I'm having a problem where I'm not able to log in to Stack Overflow. As all Stack Overflow (SO) users will know, there are four ways to log in to SO. One is to sign in using Google, the second is ...
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Login for Google Profiles account doesn't work after joining Google+

After joining Google+, the profiles.google.com/username URL redirects to plus.google.com/[long number]/posts. When trying to log in on SO using the profiles.google.com URL, I got (line breaks for ...
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