How to reset your password on Facebook

facebook login password not correct

Yesterday when I wanted to access my Facebook account I noticed that the log in form would not accept my password. I was redirected to an error page that asked me to re-enter the password as it was not the right one.

Please re-enter your password

The password you entered is incorrect. Please try again (make sure your caps lock is off).

Forgot your password? Request a new one.

 

I can’t really say why Facebook did not accept the password – which I used for a very long time before without any issues. I tried a few tricks but to no avail:

  • Checked to make sure that the caps lock key was not activated.
  • Wrote the password down in a text file and copied it to the form instead of writing it directly to make sure it was the password that I remembered.

Since nothing was working I decided to click on the forgot your password link to get a new password sent to me.

The identify your account page lists two options to reset the password:

  1. By entering the email address, phone number or Facebook username
  2. By entering your own name and the name of a friend.

You will receive an email that contains a link to reset the password. If you can’t click on that link directly, copy it instead and paste it into your web browser to get started.

Once you are back in your account I suggest you change the password again. To do that, click on the down arrow next to your username and select Account Settings.

Scroll down until you see the password group there. Here you can click on the change link to change your password again.

Make sure you follow the password guidelines on Facebook. It is recommend to select a long password that is not made up of a single dictionary name (a word found in a dictionary). I’d recommend to select one with at least 12 chars that include at least one number or special character.

 

Zoom Images Directly In Firefox

I really hate it when webmasters post images and photos on their websites that reveal next to nothing. This is especially frustrating on shopping sites when you want to take a closer look at an item that you consider purchasing. If you cannot make out the details, it is likely that you won’t buy the item. You sometimes can click on the image to be taken to a page with a larger version of it. Sometimes though, the image does not get larger at all, which is equally frustrating.

Probably the best option to resolve those issues are tools that let you zoom images directly on the website they are posted on. One of the most promising programs for that job is the Firefox add-on Image Resizer/Scaler.

Unlike other programs that display a larger version of the image on mouse over, it acts only when the user wants to resize an image.

All you need to do after installation is to hold down the left mouse button on the image that you want to zoom, and either move the mouse to the lower right corner to zoom in, or the upper left corner to zoom out.

The extension will automatically resize the image on the current page. Please note that the image quality may deteriorate if you increase the size of the image.

image zoom

Depending on the page, you may be able to zoom the image on top of other page elements, or not. Some sites limit the image space which means that your image won’t show up in full if you make it larger on that page.

The Firefox add-on offers additional controls besides the left-click dragging to resize the image. You can automatically maximize an image with a double-click on it, and reset the image to its original size with a right-click.

Firefox users can download and install the Image Resizer/Scaler add-on from the official Mozilla Firefox add-ons repository.

How To Block Location-Based Information When Posting On Facebook

Depending on how your Facebook account is configured, you may submit location-based information whenever you are posting a status update to your wall. These information reveal where you are right now in the world. While that seems harmless at first, it can open up a can of worms that is better kept closed. Imagine updating your Facebook status on holiday, two weeks Spain for instance. A burglar might notice that you are in Spain, at not at home, to seize the opportunity and break into your house or apartment.

Other possibilities include feeding information to stalkers and other people that you may not want to meet in the location you are currently in. It is thankfully relatively easy to disable posting location-based information on Facebook.

You should first check out if Facebook is posting your location automatically when you update your posts. Take a look at the screenshot below to see how this looks like.

facebook where are you

In this particular case, the information Broadway Junction, New York are appended to the status update. You can click on the x icon in the blue row to disable the location from being added to your wall update.

Facebook will furthermore list the location it believes you are currently in in the bottom row. Keep in mind that you can customize your location to make it seem as if you were somewhere else in the world when in fact you are not.

Just enter a different location in there to make it seem as if you were posting from there. You could turn the whole not at home thing around, by selecting your home address when you are on holidays, so that people who read the status update think you are at home, when in fact you are not.

Making Sure You Are On www.Facebook.com

Okay this guide may seem as a no-brainer to some of you. Making sure you are on Facebook is something that most users do not need help with. Some users on the other hand do. If you look at statistics at what users do to open Facebook, you will notice that thousands do not open the right site.

Lets take a look at some of the web addresses that users enter when they try to open facebook.com.

  • facebook.ciom
  • facebook.cm
  • facebook.co
  • facebook.cokm
  • facebook.comj
  • facebook.cp
  • facebook.cpm
  • www.facebook.c
  • www.facebook.colm
  • www.facebook.comw

And dozen of others. To make matters worse, most Facebook users do not enter those addresses into their web browser’s address bar, but either into a search engine like Google, or a search bar provided by their web browser.

So how can you make sure you are loading the site correctly in your browser of choice? Probably the easiest way is to bookmark the site directly in your browser. For that, you need to open it manually first.

Press Ctrl-t in your browser to open a new tab. Once done, click into the blank address field and enter the following web address: https://www.facbeook.com/

Tap on the enter key to load the Facebook website.

www.facebook.com

Once you are on the site, press Ctrl-d to bookmark the page. You can alternatively drag and drop the site’s little icon onto your browser toolbar to open Facebook with just a click on the bookmark icon whenever you want to visit the website.

facebook bookmark

This is a far better approach than having to enter the facebook.com url manually into the address bar of the web browser whenever you want to visit the site. This obviously makes most sense if you are visiting Facebook regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

Cannot Upload Videos To Facebook? Try These Fixes

You probably know that you can upload videos to Facebook in very much the same way as photos and images are uploaded to the social networking site. Videos on the other hand can cause issues that photos may not. If you have issues uploading photos, I suggest you check out our Facebook photo uploading troubleshooting guide.

Videos however are different which is why we will be looking at solutions to fix your video uploading issues on Facebook.

You can upload videos to Facebook in the same way that you upload photos. Click on Add Photo / Video at the top of the Facebook homepage, select Upload Photo / Video and select the video that you want to upload from your computer. You can also record a video using your webcam.

facebook upload videos

Mobile users who want to upload videos should check the FAQ entry on Facebook that explains how this is done from a smartphone.

The first thing that you need to do is make sure that your video is in a format that is supported by Facebook. You can visit the formats page to see a listing of all video extensions supported by the site. This includes popular formats such as avi, 3gp, flv or mkv.

Facebook suggests to upload videos in mp4 format whenever possible.

But even if your video is in the right format, you may still run into issues uploading it to Facebook. Additional restrictions are in place that may prevent you from uploading videos in supported formats. You need to make sure for instance that the video has a ratio between 9×16 and 16×9 which most videos should have.

Non-verified accounts have an upload limit of 100 Megabyte per video with a maximum play time of 2 minutes. Verified Facebook users can upload videos up to 1024 Megabyte in size with a maximum play time of 20 minutes. Keep in mind that this is a per-video setting.

You need to split your video into multiple parts if it is larger than that. I suggest to use VirtualDub for that, a free video editing software. You find a tutorial on how to split videos in VirtualDub on the Ghacks website.

Uploading the video, especially if it is quite large, can take hours, especially if the upload speed of your Internet connection is not the greatest. You also need to know that Facebook will process videos after you have uploaded them. This basically means that your video is not directly available.

The larger edge of the video is constrained to 1280px (pixels). We do not rescale videos that are below this maximum in both dimensions.

Aspect ratio must be within the range of 9:16 (0.5625) to 16:9 (1.7777). Videos with aspect ratios that fall outside this range will be rejected.

Frame rate of the uploaded video will be roughly maintained with that of the original, with a maximum of 30fps (frames per second). If the original video has a variable frame rate, we will try to maintain the average frame rate of the original. If we cannot determine the frame rate of the original file, it will be forced to 30fps. Note that if a frame rate is to be decimated, we will only ever decimate by whole integers. This may result in an original video with a relatively high frame rate undergoing a frame rate conversion to below the maximum of 30fps. For example, if a video has a frame rate of 100fps, it will be decimated by a factor of 4, resulting in 25fps.

If a video contains more than one video or audio stream, the first video and audio stream found in the container will be used and the rest will be discarded. Metadata and subtitle tracks will be ignored.

Audio-specific:

The number of audio channels will be maintained for stereo and mono streams. 5.1-channel audio will be down-mixed to stereo. All other channel configurations are currently unsupported.

Audio will be re-sampled to either 22,050hz or 44,100hz (hertz), whichever is closer to the sample rate of the original file.

Did you ever run into troubles uploading videos to Facebook? Share your story below.

Can’t Upload Photos To Facebook Photo Albums?

Facebook photo albums allow you to group and categorize photos that you upload to the social networking site. That’s handy for organization purposes, and also for sharing only particular albums with other users.

Things can go wrong though when you try to add photos to a photo album. A common theme is that the add photos button is missing from the page, so that new photos cannot be added anymore to that particular album.

The first thing that Facebook users need to know then, is that Facebook limits each photo album to 200 photos. If you have already uploaded 200 photos to it, you can either create a new photo album (and name it like the first with a number behind), or move some of the photos already in the album to another album to make room for the new ones that you want to upload.

There are also albums that are created automatically by Facebook. This is for instance true for mobile uploads. You do not see the add photos button if you are currently browsing a mobile upload folder. If you want to add photos to it, you need to upload the photos from your mobile device.

facebook add photos

The profile pictures album is another example. You can only add photos to that album by changing your profile picture on the site.

The same can be said for Timeline Cover photos, as they are also put into a special folder. If you want to add photos to it, you need to change your cover on the site.

Wall photos finally are also restricted. The album lists all photos that you have added to your wall previously. You need to add photos to your wall to add them to that photo album on Facebook.

Facebook: You Have Exceeded The Limit For Sending Chat Messages

Did you know that Facebook has limits in place that prevent you from sending out to many chat messages in a certain time? Once you reach that limit, you receive the message that you have exceeded the limit for sending chat messages. Before that though you are warned that you are approaching a limit for sending chat messages.

Facebook actually has several of those limits in place on the site that prevent users from using some of the site’s functionality temporarily.

Why is this in place at all? Facebook says to “prevent behavior that others may find annoying or abusive”. Users who hit a limit will be temporarily blocked at first from using it. It is not clear how long they will be blocked though, as Facebook fails to provide an answer for that.

you have exceeded the limit for sending chat messages

The notification that users will see notes that blocks cannot be lifted manually, which means that users will have to wait for the block to be lifted before they can start using the feature again. This can be highly annoying if you are right in a chat with a friend or colleague.

“You have exceeded the limit for sending chat messages!
You are temporarily blocked from sending chat messages. Block times may vary depending on the feature and scale of abuse. Blocks cannot be lifted.

Misuse of Facebook’s features may result in your account being disabled.”

Facebook furthermore notes that block times vary “depending on the feature and scale of abuse”.

Misuses of Facebook features in this way may even result in accounts being disabled.

While it is unlikely that the majority of Facebook users will ever come close to those limits, it could happen if they have a virus or other malicious software on their system that is targeting Facebook. Another possibility are hacked accounts that are used to send spam and other malicious activities.

Facebook users receiving the warning message should slow down their chat activities to avoid being blocked from using the feature for a certain amount of time.

Please note that limits are in place for many features of the site. You may receive them while posting on walls or adding notes for instance.

exceeded the limit for creating notes

The easiest option to overcome those issues is to slow down before you start using the feature again.

How To Search A Website Without Visiting It

There are three core reasons for not wanting to use a site’s built-in search engine to find contents on the site. The first is quite obvious: Some sites do not offer a search form, which in turn means that you cannot search on the site directly.

The second reason may be a site search that is not delivering the results that you’d expect. Maybe it is bad, or bloated with advertisements, or it simply does not provide advanced search capabilities that you might want to use.

The third and final reason is privacy. Maybe you do not want your browser to record that you have been to that site. While you could switch to your browser’s private browsing mode for this, you might forget it from time to time.

The answer are search engines like Bing, Google or my current favorite DuckDuckGo.

Lets say you want to search on Facebook. Head over to the search engine and use the following command to restrict results to the Facebook website:

site:facebook.com [search phrase]

Replace [search phrase] with what you are looking for, e.g a person’s name, a specific topic that you are researching or anything else you may want to find.

facebook farmville search

It works very well for people search for instance. If you do not have privacy concerns, you can follow the links right away to be taken to the page on the site you narrowed down your searches to. If you do not want to visit the site, you could try a search engine like ixQuick that is offering to display all results through a proxy. This basically means that the site owner only sees the proxy and not your IP or location.

Using the site command can really improve the search results, you should give it a try.

Facebook Says Hello Timeline, GoodBye To Old Profiles

facebook timeline

If you are like me you have not touched the new Timeline profile feature yet on Facebook. This has a number of reasons, the core one being that I personally dislike the way data is presented.

The sad news is that Facebook will go ahead and enable Timeline in the coming weeks for all profiles. Kiss your old profile goodbye and say hello to the new profile. There is unfortunately nothing you can do about it, other than voicing your opinion that you dislike the change or the new profile layout, or both.

Last year we introduced timeline, a new kind of profile that lets you highlight the photos, posts and life events that help you tell your story. Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. When you get timeline, you’ll have 7 days to preview what’s there now. This gives you a chance to add or hide whatever you want before anyone else sees it.

What does it mean for users who are currently still using the old profile on Facebook? They will receive a notification eventually that their profile has been switched to the new profile mode, and that they from that day on have a 7-day grace period where they can modify Timeline before it goes live on the site.

Even if you do not do anything at this point, you will have a Timeline profile showing up after that seven day period.

Users who would like to switch to Timeline right now, can do so by clicking on the Get Timeline button o the Introducing Timeline page.

Timeline went live in December on Facebook. Back then it was only activated on user request. It was clear however that the new profile was there to stay, as users had no option to go back to their old profile view if they did not like Timeline.

What’s your take on the move? Lets discuss in the comments.

How To Save Photos That Are Posted On Google+

If you are using Google’s social networking service Google+, you probably have seen your fair share of funny gifs, images, photos and videos that have been posted by your friends and other users on the site. You sometimes may come upon a photo that you would like to download, for instance to make it your new wallpaper image, to send it to a friend by email or to repost it on another social site that you are using.

When you right-click images posted in your stream you will see the option to save that image to your computer. The issue here is that you won’t necessarily download the original image this way. It is far more likely that you are only downloading a smaller sized preview image.

When you click on the posted image, you are taken to Google+’s photo viewer where you may see it in a larger version. You also get the comments and stuff on the right. A right-click now however does not display the option to save the image to your computer.

There is some kind of overlay on the page that renders the option unusable. Do not worry though, there is still an option to download, but it is well hidden from sight.

Look underneath the image, you should see the posters name there and an Options menu. Click on that menu, and you should see the option to download the full sized photo to your computer.

download full size image

This saves the current image to your computer. You can repeat this step for as many images as you want to download.

Please note that this works only if the user has not disabled photo downloading in the account settings.

You can also download photo albums, but it is a bit more complicated than that. Google displays a Download Album option on album pages, but this does not really let you to download the photos directly to your computer. The only option that you have is to transfer the photos to your Picasa account, and from there, you can download them to your computer.

Update: Google has changed the way photos are downloaded on Google Plus. You need to click on the more link at the top of the screen now and select the download photo option from the context menu to save images that have been posted on Google’s social networking site.

download photo google plus