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Logged-in User Information

If you are logging in the website for the first time, you will find a new menu option Collaborators on the right side of the menu. Depending upon which surname projects you are collaborating, you will see one or more surnames listed under the Collaborators menu; most of the surnames will have an option to display a tree and an option to display a list of articles related to the surname. Some of the articles are public and some are private.

If you have author privileges, you will see an additional menu with options to create articles, list tags and list categories. When writing an article, make sure to do the following:

  • Set the category. Most of the articles that you write should be under surnames.
  • Tag the article with surname(s) and other tags. These are used to place articles in the lists for each surname.
  • Set access to either “Public” or to a particular surname group. If you set it to a surname collaborator group, only those logged to that group can see it. Even if something is not necessarily private, you may want to put it behind the login to avoid lots of email. Public articles will be indexed by Google, and you will get email from people who see the article as the result of a Google search.

Please Enable Two-factor Authentication

If you plan to access this website in libraries and other non-secure environments, you absolutely need to do two things to secure your account:

  • Use a non-trivial password that is not used ANYWHERE else.
  • Enable two-factor authentication on your account.

It is likely that your password will get stolen through a man-in-the-middle attack or a keyboard logger; if this is the only account where your password is used, the damage will stop with your account on this website. Two-factor authentication will prevent someone who gets your password from this site from getting in to this site.

To enable two factor authentication, review the instructions at the Joomla Documentation website; you can skip down to the section “User Manager - Profile”. Generally, the process is as follows:

  • You will need to install Google Authenticator on your iPhone or Android phone. If you have a Windows phone, there are authenticator programs that provide the same function but which are not written by Google.
  • Log in and use the Edit Profile menu option. Scoll to the bottom and change the two-factor authentication from disable to Google Authenticator.
  • On your phone, open the Google Authenticator app and start the configuration; choose take a picture of a QR Code, and then take a picture of the QR Code (square barcode) in your profile.
  • Your phone will display a six digit number; enter this in the box for “secret” in your profile.
  • If you have problems, make sure that the time on your phone matches the “Server Time” time on the website that is shown at the bottom of all web pages.