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My Facebook Keeps Telling Me "Wrong Password" Even After I Change It

by Cee Jay

Passwords should be changed periodically to protect the security of your Facebook account. When you change the password, Facebook tells you to type it twice, in case you made a mistake the first time. Even so, the new password won't work if it isn't typed properly, or if the browser is using a cached version of the log-in page.

Password Accuracy

When it comes to passwords, you can't make even one little mistake. The most secure password will have a combination of letters, numbers and special characters. Unfortunately, these are the hardest to remember and the easiest to mess up. Enter the password slowly, making sure it matches the original exactly. Facebook passwords are case-sensitive, which means upper case and lower case does matter. Check the caps lock key to ensure that it is off.

Refresh the Page

Internet browsers use a method called caching, which stores webpages for faster retrieval. If you are not viewing the most recent version of a page, you may have problems getting your password accepted, even after changing it. After you create the new password, click the circular arrow in the address bar to refresh the page. Alternatively, close down the browser and reopen it.

Delete Cookies

Cookies are used to store information from webpages, but they usually store details such as the email or username used to log in. It is a simple text file saved on the drive, and it is how many websites "recognize" you on subsequent visits. Your password problem could be the result of the information not matching the details stored in the cookie. to delete cookies in Internet Explorer, click "Tools," "Delete Browsing History." Place a check by "Cookies," and click "Delete." If you're using a mobile device, the instructions will vary depending on your specific model.

Phishing

Phishing is the practice of using a fake log-in page for the purpose of stealing information. If you clicked on Facebook through a link, especially one sent in an email, there is a small chance that you'll be redirected to a fake site. When you first attempt to enter the password or change it, you'll get an error message stating "Incorrect Password." Always type the exact address in the address bar, or locate the official website through Google. As an extra precaution, go to "Tools," "SmartScreen Filter," "Check This Website." The SmartScreen filter checks for phishing sites that have been reported to Microsoft.

Email Changes

If you've just changed your password and you're still told it is incorrect, make sure you're entering the right username. Your username is the email address that you used to sign up for Facebook. If you updated the email address along with the password, you must use the new address to log in.

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