August 18, 2011

Password Protection

With Typepad, you can choose to password protect specific blogs or Photo Albums, or you can configure password protection for the entire site. For problems viewing a password protected blog, see the troubleshooting password protection article.

If you choose to password protect your entire site, visitors will be prompted to enter a username and password combination to access any page on your account including your about page, all blogs and Photo Albums, and any of your feeds. Note, this feature is available to all Pro plans. Your Typepad Profile will not be accessible if you password protect your entire site.

If you choose to password protect a particular blog or Photo Album, your visitors will be prompted to enter a username and password combination for only that particular area of your site.

Password protection allows you to make some or all areas of your site private, so that only people that you have given the login information can view them.

Configuring Password Protection

Click the Account link, then click the Password Protection link in the left sidebar to enter the password protection setup. Password Protection can also be set up for individual blogs via Blogs > Settings > Basics or via Library > Photo Albums > Settings for an individual Photo Album.

Do you want your blogs to be public or private?

Selecting Yes, share my site with everyone removes password protection from all blogs and Photo Albums on your account. This is the default setting for new accounts.

If you would like to password protect all of the blogs and Photo Albums in your account, choose Yes, password-protect my entire site. Fill in a username and password and Save Changes.

Choosing Password-protect some blogs and not others will open a menu with each blog and Photo Album listed for your account. To set password protection for a specific blog or Photo Album, click the Settings link. For a blog, this will take you to the Blogs > Settings > Basics page for that blog. For a Photo Album, the Configure link will take you to the Library > Photo Albums > Settings page.

Once on the Blog Basics page for a specific blog, select the Protect this blog with a password option and fill in a username and password. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page. Your blog is now password protected and can be accessed with the username or password you've set.

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Once on the Settings page for a Photo Album, scroll to and select the Enable password protection option. Fill in a username and password and click Save Changes. Your photo album is now password protected and can be accessed with the username or password you've set.

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Changing Log-in Information

To change a username or password, simply enter the new text in the appropriate field and press Save Changes. There is no password recovery for password protection so if you've forgotten a password, you will simply enter a new one.

Why can't I log in?

Make sure that you are typing the username and password correctly. The username and password are case sensitive, so if the user name you have set is UserName, entering username will not work.

If you are still unable to log in, try re-entering the username and password to confirm that the information you are trying to type in the password box is correct, or remove the password protection to try again.

We have additional tips in the troubleshooting password protection article.

Removing Password Protection

To remove password protection from all of your blogs and Photo Albums, choose the No, share my site with everyone option in Account > Password Protection.

To remove password protection for a specific blog, go to Blogs > Settings > Basics, deselect Protect this blog with a password, and click Save Changes.

To remove password protection for a specific Photo Album, deselect the Enable password protection option on the Library > Photo Albums > Settings page and click Save Changes.

Password Protection and Search Engines

When a blog is password protected, a search engine cannot list it. This is because a search engine is unable to index the contents of the blog without the username and password used to view it. If this capability is important for your blog, you may want to consider disabling password protection.

Is Password Protection Secure?

Typepad uses Basic HTTP Authentication for password protecting blogs and Photo Albums. This is a server-side challenge/response, and is more secure than a client-dependent script, such as a JavaScript. The password that is submitted to the server is encrypted.

Basic HTTP Authentication is typically as secure as a webmail account and should suffice for your online journaling needs. Very few individuals would have the ability or inclination to attempt to defeat the security of your web page.


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