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Passwords - how do I set (or re-set) user passwords?

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This article contains guidance both for admins who want to reset their own password or site admins looking to help other people set or reset their password.

  

How do I reset my password?

When logged into Citizen Space, you will see the email address you are logged in with in the top right-hand corner of the screen. If you select it, you will be taken to your user profile where there is a "Change password" button. You must enter your current password for security, and then enter your new password twice to confirm it.

Screenshot of the button to change password.

If you don't remember your current password, you'll need to go to the login page of Citizen Space (and log out if you're currently logged in) and select the link "Forgotten your password?" You can then enter your email address to receive an email with a link to reset your password.

 Screenshot of the admin user login page with the forgotten password link highlighted.

 

I am a site admin - how do I help another admin set or reset their password?

There are a couple of ways you can set or re-set passwords securely, in the case of adding a new user, or resetting a forgotten one:

If you're adding a new user in the same office:

Easy! If it's a new user, ask them to enter their chosen password directly while you're in the process of setting them up. This avoids having to use the re-set password function (below) and means that only they know their password from the outset.

If you're adding a new user remotely:

When you add a new User, you'll be asked to enter a password. We strongly recommend you do not share this password, but instead use the password reset function. This is for 2 reasons:

i) Sharing it often means emailing it, which is an info sec no-no. A phone call is the best way, if you have to.

ii) A User's password should be kept confidential, but 1 other person already knows it... You!   

 

How to reset a user password 

1) You'll need to log out of Citizen Space to do this so before you do, we're recommend making a note of the registered email address of each user you need to generate a password for. Then log out.

2) Visit the login page (this will be <yourCitizenSpaceURL/login>). Because you logged out of your account, you'll see the standard login screen. You need to select the Forgotten your Password? link underneath the login box.

Admin user login page

 

3) Enter the email address of the User whose password you want to reset (and then select Reset Password). The email address field is not sensitive to upper/lower case letters. 

Forgotten password page with email address field

4) An automatic password reset email will then be sent to the User's inbox. It will come from your Site Admin email address, and will read a little something like this:

Someone requested that the password to your account at

'Citizen Space site name'
be reset.

If this was not you, you may safely ignore this mail. If you wish to
proceed and reset your password, please visit this address:

http://www.citizenspace.com/demo/passwordreset/7d159e3123////dce882a0f0c27a92

This password reset request will expire in
168
hours on
Feb 26, 2014 05:37 PM.

 

Note that there is an expiry on the link. The content of the password reset email is not editable.

5) This link will take the User to the page below, where they can enter their new password:

Save new password page

 

6) Once you're done, you can log back into Citizen Space as yourself to carry on using the platform.

It is not possible for Site Admins to manually change passwords for other Users. 

 

Further reading:

Creating secure passwords