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Why do I not stay logged in to online newspaper ( Huffington Post)

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Why do I not stay logged in to online newspaper ( Huffington Post)

When I sign in to the Huffington Post, an online newspaper via Google Chrome browser, I stay logged in for hours, until I exit the site. When using Firefox, my default browser, I remain signed in only until I click on a story and I then notice that I'm not signed in anymore.

I have tried turning off the Add-Ons, starting in Safe Mode but that does not help. This has not happened in any other site but because I have only visited the site for the first time recently, I can say that I have not made any changes to firefox just before or after that.

I have the option of using Google Chrome but I don't really like it - that's why FF is the default browser. I also post comments on Forums and newspaper stories and find Lazarus very useful if I am interrupted when writing a piece. Now Lazarus works brilliantly in Firefox but does not seem to work in GC. Yet another reason to sort out this 'remaining signed in' problem.

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Re: Why do I not stay logged in to online newspaper ( Huffington Post)

Great work on tracking down the missing link!

Third party cookies are all the cookies set by servers other than the one listed in the address bar. They are necessary on some sites, as you have found, but also are the means by which advertising servers track you.

In my opinion, a good balance is to allow all cookies, but set them to expire at the end of the current session by changing your custom history options to:

Keep until: "I close Firefox"

Then if there are sites you do NOT want to be logged out of between sessions, add those as exceptions either using the Exceptions button on that same tab, or aboutSmiley Tongueermissions (note the colon between about and permissions), or the Page Info dialog (Tools menu or right-click).

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Re: Why do I not stay logged in to online newspaper ( Huffington Post)

Many site issues can be caused by corrupt cookies or cache. In order to try to fix these problems, the first step is to clear both cookies and the cache. Note: This will temporarily log you out of all sites you're logged in to. To clear cache and cookies do the following:


  1. Go to Firefox > History > Clear recent history or (if no Firefox button is shown) go to Tools > Clear recent history.
  2. Under "Time range to clear", select "Everything".
  3. Now, click the arrow next to Details to toggle the Details list active.
  4. From the details list, check Cache and Cookies and uncheck everything else.
  5. Now click the Clear now button.

Further information can be found in the Clear your cache, history and other personal information in Firefox article.

Did this fix your problems? Please report back to us!

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Re: Why do I not stay logged in to online newspaper ( Huffington Post)

Make sure that you do not run Firefox in (permanent) Private Browsing mode.

  • Tools > Options > Privacy: Use custom settings for history
  • Deselect: [ ] "Always use private browsing mode"

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions (Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance).

  • Do NOT click the Reset button on the Safe mode start window or otherwise make changes.
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Re: Why do I not stay logged in to online newspaper ( Huffington Post)

feer56 Thanks for a really clear reponse and instruction:

My permament selection in Clear Recent History was the seletion of the first 5 items including cache and cookies. I have now selected Cache and Cookies only and cleared everything.

I closed an reopened the website, signed in, clicked on an article to view, checked if I was still signed in and once again I am no longer signed in. I really want to coment on some of the articles - it's a very interesting time politically - and I want my views heard.

I have to try some suggestions by Co-rel - some I have tried already without success. Why am I only having problems with this Huffington Post site?

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Re: Why do I not stay logged in to online newspaper ( Huffington Post)

cor-el - Thanks for you interest.

I never use Private Browsing mode and have started Firefox in Safe mode without Add-ons a few times and gone into the HP website, signed in, and as soon as I click an article, I am no longer signed in. This does not happen on any other site - is that significant. Does anybody else use this site with FF?


PS. (switch to the DEFAULT theme: Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Appearance). when I do this, all it shows is Default 19.0.2

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Re: Why do I not stay logged in to online newspaper ( Huffington Post)

If clearing cookies doesn't work then it is possible that the cookies.sqlite file that stores the cookies is corrupted.

Rename (or delete) cookies.sqlite (cookies.sqlite.old) and delete other present cookie files like cookies.sqlite-journal in the Firefox Profile Folder in case the file cookies.sqlite got corrupted.

You can use this button to go to the Firefox profile folder:

  • Help > Troubleshooting Information > Profile Directory: Show Folder
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Re: Why do I not stay logged in to online newspaper ( Huffington Post)

There was a problem with Yahoo and AOL logging people out every few minutes that turned out to be related to the "Auto-detect" proxy setting. So in case this is the same situation, could you check the following:

orange Firefox button (or Tools menu) > Options > Advanced > Network

Click the "Settings" button and choose either "No Proxy" or "Use System Settings" option, and OK the change.

Notice any difference?

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Re: Why do I not stay logged in to online newspaper ( Huffington Post)

core-el - thanks for continuing to search for the solution.

I deleted cookies.splite, after exiting Firefox, went back into the HP site, logged in checked a few notifications for me and once again, I'm no longer signed in. Deleting the cookies file has not worked BUT I now know how to find the profile, so thank you for that.

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Re: Why do I not stay logged in to online newspaper ( Huffington Post)

jscher2000 - this seemed as if it could be the solution as AOL is all over the HP Cookies policy and the HP is the only site this is happening on.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/

The setting 'use system proxy settings' was clicked, I changed it to 'no proxy' then restarted Firefox, opened th HP website, signed in and once again was signed out as soon as I clicked an article. So proxy settings don't seem to be the solution.

I may have no option but to use GC for this site as this is the only one I have a problem with.

Thanks for your help.

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Re: Why do I not stay logged in to online newspaper ( Huffington Post)

And just in case you are blocking one of the sites from setting cookies, or taking other typical actions, could you check on this "page":

aboutSmiley Tongueermissions

Because the list is not alphabetical, it's easiest to use the search box, e.g., aol, then huff, etc.