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E-mcat "security validation failed"

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by OCDOCDOCD, 06.21.12.

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  1. OCDOCDOCD

    OCDOCDOCD 2+ Year Member

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    Anyone else ever have this problem? I have no problem logging into my e-mcat account from home, and up until yesterday I could log into it from work without any problem. However, yesterday when I tried to log in I got hit with a page simply saying "security validation failed", although eventually I was able to log in, and when I got home later that night I had no problem logging in at all. Today I'm getting the same thing again, except now it seems like this error is here to stay.

    Anyone know what's going on? I can't find any information about what this error means anywhere.
     
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  3. TheShaker

    TheShaker 2+ Year Member

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    When I had the problem I usually just solved it by logging in and out since that usually means that you've been on a page too long and you need to resubmit your information. If that doesn't work then maybe it's because a lot of people are doing last minute review for the June 21 test.
     
  4. nirvikalpa

    nirvikalpa निर्विकल्पा 2+ Year Member

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    Hit "LOGOUT" and then log back in. If that still doesn't work, logout again, clear your cache, and log in. You'll be fine. :)
     
  5. OCDOCDOCD

    OCDOCDOCD 2+ Year Member

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    Couldn't clear it because I think the IT department locked that function in my browser, but luckily there's two browsers on this computer and switching to the other one let me log-in. Thanks!
     
  6. impact2d

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    Chrome on macs doesn't work.

    Sent from my ADR6400L using SDN Mobile
     
  7. Medici Prime

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    Whenever this happens to me I usually just click on the 'Forgot Password' button and allow them to send me a reply e-mail. For some reason the security warning goes away after this. :)
     
  8. Spinach Dip

    Spinach Dip Delicious with nachos 2+ Year Member

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    OP - I had the exact same problem, and this is exactly how I fixed it. Worked every time.
     
  9. Sanatore

    Sanatore 2+ Year Member

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    As some of you said, it really is a junk website, but here's what you can do about it:
    (without password resets, browser flushing, or any other prostrating and time-wasting efforts)

    What's Happening:

    <Insert Technical Explanation about Authentication Protocol and Website Design>
    The result is that the website does not function well if you do not consciously click Logout when you're done for the day.

    The Fix:
    When you're finished working, go to your browser's URL bar and find the cmd= portion
    e.g.
    http://www.e-mcat.com/starttest.aspx?cmd=login
    https://www.e-mcat.com/starttest.aspx?cmd=home
    http://e-mcat.com/starttest.aspx?cmd=login&checkclient=true

    1.) Delete Everything after cmd= and type logout and hit enter
    * It should return you to the main web page
    2.) Login as normal

    Preventing The Problem:

    3.) See 1 above
    or
    4.) Click Sign Out in the top right corner of the web page
    or
    5.) Add https://www.e-mcat.com/starttest.aspx?cmd=logout to a bookmark. Click it every day when you're done or have the problem.
    (This is the URL of the Sign Out button on the webpage.)
     
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  10. Meredith92

    Meredith92 2+ Year Member

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    This always happened to me on safari and I'd just reset safari and it would be fine.
     
  11. asecondtolife

    asecondtolife Counting sheep 2+ Year Member

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    I was never able to log in on chrome from a PC -- had to switch to firefox every time I wanted to take a practice test.
     
  12. GomerPyle

    GomerPyle 7+ Year Member

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    Click "forgot password" and then try to log in....works every time.
     
  13. Mansur180

    Mansur180 2+ Year Member

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    Bravo! This works! Thank you Senatore!



     
  14. Mansur180

    Mansur180 2+ Year Member

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    Lol, that stopped working for me after a while but the 'forgot password' technique ain't quittin'

     

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