Step-By-Step Password Change Instructions--Updated 7/29/19

Welcome to our step-by-step, (mostly) self-help explainer for Password Changes at Daily Kos!

Whether you found us thanks to the recent post by elfling, July is Reset Your Password Month on Daily Kos: the annoying sequel or arrived knowing only that you need some help now with logging in, we are happy to help you reset your password.

We have a few key tips for you to keep in mind.

Our site password REQUIREMENTS:
a. Your password must be at least 8 characters long.
b. Your password must not show up on our list of "the most commonly used passwords" to be valid here.

Our site password RECOMMENDATIONS:
a. Longer than 8 characters is preferable; aim for at least 12 characters.
b. Don't REUSE passwords from site to site.
c. Choose a password that is easy for you to remember.
d. Consider storing your password in a password manager.

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Please look through the password reset options listed below and choose the situation that fits. Then scroll down for instructions under that specific option.

OPTION 1: You are currently LOGGED OUT and you DO NOT KNOW YOUR OLD PASSWORD OR YOUR EMAIL OF RECORD.

OPTION 2: You are currently LOGGED OUT and you DO KNOW YOUR CURRENT PASSWORD.

OPTION 3: You are currently LOGGED OUT and you DO KNOW YOUR EMAIL OF RECORD FOR YOUR DAILY KOS USERNAME.

OPTION 4: You are currently LOGGED IN and you DO KNOW YOUR CURRENT PASSWORD.

OPTION 5: You are currently LOGGED IN BUT YOU DO NOT KNOW YOUR CURRENT PASSWORD.

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OPTION 1: If you are LOGGED OUT and you DO NOT KNOW your old password or your email of record for the site. If you are logged out, don't know your old password AND don't know your email of record for Daily Kos, you will need special assistance from the Help Desk. Please open a ticket there and we will help you regain access to your account. Go to this Help Desk page, "start a discussion", and choose the category "Password and Account Access Issues." These tickets are private by default. It is easy, but it might not be fast. (We promise to help as soon as we can!)

OPTION 2: If you are LOGGED OUT but you DO KNOW your current password. Another easy option! When you try to login now, you will be prompted to renew your password. Enter your current one; then enter a new one, with at least 8 characters, twice. If the two new ones match and they are not on our list of "most common passwords," then you'll be all set and logged back in.

SPECIAL NOTE: Many of us tend to store commonly-used passwords on our browsers. After you change your password on the Daily Kos site, please take a moment to update your new password on your browser(s). Otherwise, when you attempt to login with the new password your browser may foil you by autofilling the old one instead. You can avoid a lot of frustration if you double-check that your browser(s) are brought up to speed.

OPTION 3: If you are LOGGED OUT but you DO KNOW know your email of record. You will be able to use the "Forgot your password?" link available on the login page/popup.

SPECIAL NOTE: The email to which we send your Daily Kos Recommended Emails may, or may not, be the one we have connected to your user account. How can you tell if we have the current email? Right off the bat, we will let you know if the email you enter is not one that we have on file at all. But the email address we do have on file may be outdated. There are two ways to deduce that we do have your current email associated with your Daily Kos username. Neither of them has to do with the password reset process, but instead with your settings and choices as a site participant. The first way: If you do comment on the site AND you ask for email notifications of any replies to your comments, the email to which we send those notices is the one we would use for your password reset link. The other way: If you have set your preference to receive email alerts of new Kosmails (direct messages), receiving them shows we have the email address we need.
Feel free to try this "Forgot your password?" option if you're still not sure--but be aware that you might need to open a Help Desk ticket if you don't receive your password reset email.

The step-by-step:
a. Start by going to the Daily Kos home page and click on the Log In icon, or go directly to the Login page
It looks like this, either the small version as the popup or large if you use the full login page.
Login Popup with Forgot Your Password link

b. Click on the Forgot your password? link.
c. A new page will display, asking for your email address. Use the email you believe to be associated with your username at the site.
d. If you get a message with a reset link in your inbox, that's great! Please click it and follow the instructions. Doing so will FULFILL our request for a password reset. Thank you!
e. If you don’t see the message with the reset link, look in other folders; it may have been diverted. But it is also possible, as explained above, that your email of record for your username is NOT what you think it is. Feel free to try another possibility, if you have multiple email accounts.

OPTION 4: If you are LOGGED IN and you DO KNOW your current password. The "Change Password" link is available to you on your Edit Profile page. This is how you get there:
a. Go to your user profile page (from the pulldown menu attached to your username in the upper right corner of the page). If you still can’t find it, or are on a phone, the edit profile link is of the form https://m.dailykos.com/user/(username)/edit or https://www.dailykos.com/user/(username)/edit (You can also get to your profile by clicking on your linked username, as for example in a comment, and going to the link in the hover.)
b. Click Edit Profile near the top of your user profile page.
c. Scroll to the Password section, and look for the Change Password link.
d. Enter your old password, and then enter your new one, twice. Click the Change Password button.
e. If it is acceptable, then the system should immediately update your password, and you will be all set. You will see a confirmation window displaying this message in a green box: "Your password has been changed successfully." Congratulations and THANK YOU!
Password Change Confirmation Message

Be prepared for the site to log you out on every browser/device where you are logged in, though it may not do so until you refresh your browser. You can then trot out your new password.

OPTION 5: If you are LOGGED IN but you DO NOT know your current password. Please take advantage of this opportunity NOW because it will expire very soon! This option CANNOT be used unless you ARE NOW logged in to Daily Kos.
If you are logged in, and don’t know your current password, you will be able to reset it by email IF AND ONLY IF the email address on your account is accessible to you now. Take a moment now to review the following instructions to check your current email address and attempt a password reset.

a. Go to your user profile page (from the pulldown menu attached to your username in the upper right corner of the page). If you still can’t find it, or are on a phone, the edit profile link is of the form https://m.dailykos.com/user/(username)/edit or https://www.dailykos.com/user/(username)/edit (You can also get to your profile by clicking on your linked username, as for example in a comment, and going to the link in the hover.)
b. Click Edit Profile near the top of your user profile page.
c. View your email address. Is it an email address that is still accessible to you? Then great! Skip to step f.
d. If it is NOT an email address you still use, then please change it to an email you can access, and then scroll to the bottom and click “Save”.
e. Your email should now be up to date. IMPORTANT: Refresh your Edit Profile page to confirm that your change was saved before you logout of Daily Kos.
f. Now log out of Daily Kos, and then go to log back in. When you are prompted for your username and password, skip right past them and instead click on "Forgot your password?
g. On the next window, enter your email address and request the password link.
h. In that email account, you should find a message from donotreply@dailykos.com, with a Password Reset button. Click it.
i. Choose one that is easy to remember, or consider using a password manager.
j. Enter it twice and click the button. You should see a confirmation message!
Your password is now reset, and you’ll want to go and log in on any of your regular devices while you still know it.

Thanks, as always, for your patience and for your continuing support of the mission of the site.