I often get this lament, “I lost/forgot my password, can you help?”
The short answer, is “no”. There is no “backdoor” or secret way for me to recover your password. That’s why it’s secret. So if you lose your password or forget it, the only thing you can do is make sure you have an exported backup of your database on your desktop or laptop.
What you will have to do is, delete the app from your device. This also deletes your database, on-device backup, and settings. Sorry, this is how Apple makes it work. Once you delete the app, go ahead and redownload it from the AppStore. You won’t be charged a second time for redownloading it. Then launch it and set your new password. Don’t forget this one, OK? If you think you’ll forget it or don’t want one, just hit the Cancel button to not set a password. I’ll explain how to move your exported database back onto the device in another blog entry. One thing I have heard back in response to this is: “I hate your app, you don’t care about your customers.” or, “What type of app is this? What’s with all the warnings in red on your website? It’s [insert explitive]” Well that’s the reason for the red warnings. Obviously, if you had read them and paid attention, you wouldn’t have to email me begging me to break in and recover your password. Thankfully, this type of response is rare. But it is IS your device, it IS your writing, it IS your password. The app and I do the best we can to protect your writing from accidental loss, its up to you to protect it from other types of loss. That includes loss by forgetting your password.
The app doesn’t require a password, and imposes no restrictions on a password (apart from not having a single hypen (-) as a password. It’s up to you. So, let’s go through some steps in dealing with passwords:
When you first start the app, you will be presented with a screen that looks like:
If you hit the Cancel button at this point you will be telling Auteureist™ not to use a password, and you won’t be prompted for a password each time you start the app. If you type something in, and hit Enter, whatever you type is your password. HINT: WATCH what you type. SEE it. Don’t touch type and assume you know the password. Don’t forget it.
The next time you start the app, you will get a similar screen:
Just type in the same password.
What if you want to change or delete your password? You can do this from the preferences screen. Tap the Gear button on the main screen: Then scroll down until you get to the Password Reset section and tap on it:
You’ll get an alert asking for your new password:
Type in your new password. Again, pay attention and watch what you type. Remember it. You won’t get a confirmation.
If you want to stop using the a password all together, then type a single hyphen (-) into the Password alert:
You’ll get a secondary alert telling you the password has been removed:
Now each time you start the app, you’ll bypass the Password screen. So, do you need to use a password? That’s depends if you are writing sensitive/personal things you don’t want others to view. Otherwise, it may be easier not having a password.
Is the password crack-proof? No, it’s meant to protect casual users. It won’t keep experts from getting into your writing.
I hope that helps. Remember its your writing, and your responsibility to protect it. The app provides tools to help, but in the end its you.