Password for Forums vs password for SQRL

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Les in Florida

New member
Oct 11, 2021
Thinking about Security, and being relatively new to these forums, I have a question which I hope fits in this section. I set up account for SpinRite and so have a password which enables me to login to these forums. I do NOT have SQRL, but I would like to set it up and start using it. Am I correct in thinking that my password for SpinRite will NOT work for SQRL? Thank you for your help.
Am I correct in thinking that my password for SpinRite will NOT work for SQRL?
Are you asking about the forum password? There are two different forum instances and they each are separate. So if you're asking about the forums, then they have separate accounts and passwords.
If you're asking if your forum password is the same as a SQRL password, then yes, they are unrelated. SQRL only uses a password to secure your local data on your SSD/HDD, it NEVER sends that password to any site.

You can set up SQRL without any target in mind. If you then want to add your SQRL account to the forums here, you can do that. Click on your avatar icon in to the top right, and select the option "Connected accounts".
I have a question which I hope fits in this section.
@Les in Florida Welcome to the forum. Having this question in the security section of the forum is fine. But, this particular thread is about cell phone numbers and what criminals can do with them. While it is normal for threads to drift from their topic a bit all the time, it might be better to put your question into a separate new thread of it's own with a separate topic specific subject line.