Trouble With Sign-In:
Make sure that your computer is set to accept cookies. This is how our system knows to give you access as a subscriber as you move from page to page and when you leave the site and return to it later.
If you use Safari, be aware that Safari will not store cookies if you are in Private mode. You need to turn off Private mode. Do this by scrolling down any page in Safari; a double rectangle icon will appear at the bottom or top of your screen. Tap the icon and then click on "Private" and then "Done." This turns off private mode. (You can tell that you are in Private if the web address box has a grey background; it will turn white when you are out of Private mode.) If you are not in Private mode but are still having trouble, see whether Safari is blocking cookies: Tap Settings > Safari and turn off Block All Cookies.
If you use Google Chrome, be sure that you are not in "Incognito" mode.
If you use Firefox, make sure you are not in "Private Window" mode. If you are not using a Private Window but are still having trouble, go to Tools-->Option (or Preferences if you use a Mac) -->Privacy. Look for the option to accept cookies. If you don't see that option, look for the section History and choose "Use custom setting" and make sure "Accept cookies from sites" is checked as well as "Accept third-party cookies."
If you use Internet Explorer as your Web browser you can correct this by clicking on Tools --> Internet Options --> Privacy --> Set the level to "Medium High" If you wish to keep the setting higher, then set the level to "High" and then click on the "Sites" button, type "consumerlab.com" in the box on the next screen and click the "Allow" button.
If the steps above do not help (and you are sure that you are logged in as a subscriber), try reloading the page by clicking on your browsers "refresh" button.
You may also try clearing your computer's cache of stored Internet images. This can be done by clicking the following in your browser: Tools --> Internet Options --> General (Tab) --> Browsing History -- choose "Delete" (this won't delete anything yet) --> In the next box, choose Delete Files, Delete Cookies, and Delete History.
Finally, make sure that your computer has its "active scripting" set to "Enabled." Computers come with it enabled but people sometimes "Disable" it as it may be misused by unscrupulous Web sites. If you use Internet Explorer, you can check the status by going to: Tools - Internet Options, then click on the Security tab, then click on the Custom Level button. As you scroll down through the options, Scripting is near the bottom, and the choices for "Active scripting" are "Enable", "Disable", and "Prompt". Choose either "Enable" to turn it on or "Prompt" to be notified when it will be used. Other options such as "Allow paste operations via script" and "Scripting of Java applets" can remain disabled and the site should work fine.
Another possible fix is to click on the words "Sign Out" in the upper right corner of the page, and then try logging in again.
Trouble with Username or Password:
Make sure the Email or Username and Password you are using are correct. They must be typed in EXACTLY as you originally entered them, using appropriate capitals, lower case letters, spaces, underscores ( _ ), hyphens ( - ), etc.
If you are getting a message that your Password is invalid and you are certain that it is correct, your computer may be automatically inserting an incorrect Password that it associates with your Email or Username from some other online account that you established. This can be fixed one of three ways:
- Option A: (This is the easiest approach) If you see that your Email or Username is automatically coming up in the log-in box, delete it and completely retype it - don't let the system auto fill it in. Do the same with the password. If the browser asks if you would like it remembered, click Yes.
- Option B: If you use Internet Explorer, you can clear the memory of passwords on your computer - although this will delete ALL saved passwords. At the top of your browser screen, click on "Tools," then "Internet Options," then the "Content" tab, then (under the Personal Information section) the "AutoComplete" button, then (under the Clear AutoComplete history section) the "Clear Passwords" button.
- Option C: Instruct us to change your Username or Email. If a Username, suggest a name of 4 to 16 characters that is somewhat novel and different from other Usernames you have used in the past. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once this is done, your computer will stop inserting the incorrect Password.
If you get a message "Autologin Failed" after you try to sign in, it means that your own computer is storing an old, incorrect password. To clear this password click here to sign out and then sign in again with your correct username and password.
Changing Subscription Account Information:
If you need to change your e-mail address, phone number, physical address, Name, Username, Password, or credit card or renewal information, you may do so as follows: First, sign in (click on "Sign In" at the top right corner of this page); Once logged in, go back to the top right corner and click on the words "Welcome,..." (which includes your first name). This will take you to the My Account page. Once there, click on the item that you want to edit, make the change, and hit the Submit button.
Renewing Your Subscription:
As described on the site, Annual subscriptions renew automatically, unless: (1) you "uncheck" this option in your Account Information (see above for Changing Subscription Account Information), (2) have e-mailed us to change this for you, or (3) the credit card information in your account is no longer valid.
We contact all subscribers via e-mail three weeks before their subscriptions renew or expire. If your subscription is going to expire but you want it to renew, please follow ONE of the instructions below:
BEFORE your current subscription has expired:
Go to www.consumerlab.com. Sign in. Go back to the top right corner and click on the word "Welcome,..." (which includes your first name). This will take you to the My Account page. If your credit card Information has changed in the past year, click on Method of Payment, update the information, and click Submit at the bottom of the page. Then, click on Membership Term/Renewal Options. Check the box to Automatically Renew. Hit Submit. Your subscription will automatically renew on your current expiration date and a confirmation message will be sent to your e-mail address.
AFTER your current subscription has expired:
Go to the Join page. Log-in at the top right corner of the page. You will get a screen telling you that your subscription has expired how to renew immediately online. You will need your current credit card information and you will have an opportunity to update other information in your account.
Need to Subscribe Offline:
If you do not wish to subscribe over the Web, you may subscribe by Fax, Mail, or Phone. If by Fax or Mail, you will need to fill out the subscription form accessible from the join page and send it to us with payment, as described below. Please make sure that the Email and Password you want are clearly written on the printed form (note that if you type the information in before printing it, the Password will appear hidden, so be sure to write it in.). Once we receive your subscription form and input the information into our system, you will be sent an e-mail to confirm your subscription.
By FAX: If you are paying by credit card, you can fax this form to us at 914-721-6096. Please allow up to 7 business days for the account to become active.
By MAIL: If you prefer to mail the form, send it to:
333 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
If you are paying by credit card, be sure to fill in the appropriate information. If you are not paying by credit card, please attach a bank check or money order payable to ConsumerLab.com for the appropriate amount. Please allow two to three weeks for this process. If you send a personal check, please allow an additional 10 days so the check can clear our account.
By PHONE: Phone hours are 9:00 am to 4:30 pm EST Monday - Friday. Call 914-722-9149.