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Old 05-01-2002, 10:47 AM
mouthbreather mouthbreather is offline
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What is wrong with my browser settings? Why can't I log into some sites?

I recently had to scrub my hard drive and start from scratch on my home PC. I have a copy of IE5 -- and it's not working very well for me. I know that it was generally considered one of the worst of the recent IE releases. I am going to download IE6 soon, but this is still bugging me.

It seems like I am having a problem with cookies, because when I try to log into certain sites (webmail, online banking, etc) it will not let me -- or as soon as I submit my login/PW I an redirected to logout page. Now, keep in mind that some sites that use cookies it will work fine with (SDMB, for example). I have both disk-saved and session cookies set to "enable", my security setting are all defaulted to medium and I have skimmed most of the settings under tools-->internet options and nothing looks unusual (although I must admit that I am not up to speed on everything under the "advanced" tab).

Anyone have any clue as to why I can't log into some sites?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-01-2002, 12:35 PM
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This is just a shot in the dark, but it might be a problem with the level of encryption your browser supports. You mentioned online banking, which would require at least 128 SSL encryption. I would suggest either upgrading to IE6 or looking for an encryption pack on Microsoft's website.
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Old 05-01-2002, 12:57 PM
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the problem i think is that you have previous cookies that are screwing up your login..

delete all cookies and try again.
you should be able to login.
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Old 05-01-2002, 02:19 PM
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Another setting to check is scripts. If disabled (my usual setting), some sites won't let you in. Some tell you why; most don't.
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Old 05-01-2002, 05:57 PM
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Free-ish cookie managers: download.com search for 'cookie'
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Old 05-03-2002, 07:22 AM
mouthbreather mouthbreather is offline
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well, after some more tooling around, no luck. Scripts are enabled, I wiped out my cookie file and clean, and I downloaded IE6 (128bit encr.) , and I am still getting the same results.

Any other insight?
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Old 05-03-2002, 09:25 AM
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Exactly which sites can you not login to? Are you getting any error messages? Try this: Delete your browser's cookies and files, then open the browser and try to login to a site that has failed before. As soon as it fails, check your Temporary Internet Files folder and see if any cookies show up.
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Old 05-03-2002, 10:49 AM
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Start:settings:control panel:internet settings

Look around there & make sure that you didn't set the security too high.
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Old 05-03-2002, 01:40 PM
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When I try to log into mail.com, I enter login / PW , and as soon as I submit I am being redirected to the logout screen. Can login in with no problems at work.

When I try to log onto my online banking, the screen redraws, and it says that " I am not enrolled for online banking" , while the same login works fine from my PC at work.

Security is set at medium.
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