MySpace was one of the first websites to start the social networking boom. It is not the most visited social networking site anymore – this is Facebook by now – but still visited by millions of users per day.
That naturally results in users having problems logging into the website from time to time. A second problem is that MySpace users are regularly targeted by hackers and phishers and that this can also result in the account being inaccessible.
A MySpace user experiencing login issues needs to analyse the situation carefully. Is the MySpace website loading? Are error messages displayed? Are the MySpace username or password accepted?
MySpace Login Page not loading
A few options are available if the MySpace login page is not loading. The first step is to make sure that the MySpace address is the address that is opened in the web browser. It should read http://www.myspace.com/. If that part looks different then the user is not on the right website and should enter the url manually.
If the url is the right one the user needs to clear the web browser cache to remove old information still stored in the browser cache. This might already solve the access issues. It might also be sufficient to press CTRL F5 after the MySpace page has not loaded to force the web browser to retrieve the information from MySpace and not from the web browser cache.
Another option is to use a different web browser if one is installed to try accessing the MySpace page with that browser.
Lost or forgotten MySpace password or username
MySpace offers help pages to retrieve or reset the MySpace password. The email address of the account needs to be known to reset the password.
MySpace Security Tips
- Make sure you create a strong password that you update regularly. Strong passwords are usually at least eight characters with a number and a special character such as an “&” or “@”.
- Make sure that you keep the password for your MySpace account separate from your other online accounts. If you use the same password for everything – your other accounts are also at risk if you are accidentally phished on one website! In addition, if a phisher gains access to your primary email address, he can request passwords to be sent via a “forgotten password” feature on many websites.
- Don’t trust websites that ask you to enter your MySpace username and password. Even if the page does not look like a fake MySpace login page, it may still be an attempt to steal your login credentials by pretending to offer you something, like a profile tracker or an e-card.
- Always make sure you are on MySpace.com when you log in. If you’re asked to log in to your MySpace account for a second time you may have been redirected to a phishing site.Make sure you re-type the MySpace URL and login directly.
- If you receive an email asking you to verify your account and/or giving you a time limit to respond you can assume that the email is fraudulent and is part of a phishing scam. Do not respond to the email in any way.
- Don’t click on unknown links embedded in an email.
- Install anti-virus and anti-spyware filters, and be sure to keep your operating system updated with the latest patches and firewall software.