If you have ever paid for access to a tutorial (e-book) on PainScience.com (or even many years ago when it was SaveYourself.ca), you can login with your email and zip code as originally provided. If you can’t find your order this way, please contact me and I will look you up and get back to you quickly. ~ Paul Ingraham, Publisher
Privacy & Security of this form This login is private and secure: the information you submit is encrypted, used only used to search for a matching customer account, and then discarded. It’s a deliberate design choice not to use a “traditional” login.? The Google privacy popup in the lower-right is there only so I can use their “reCAPTCHA” service to prevent automated abuse of this form.
Standard, traditional authentication is based on the combination of a username and a password: two things that, in theory, only you know. But managing passwords is a pain in the neck (as we all know all too well). More security is more of a hassle. PainScience.com doesn’t need a lot of security, so it’s possible to login with less hassle: you only have to identify yourself with your email and zip/postal code, details that you don’t have to memorize or save just for this purpose.
Could someone else login to your account this way? These two pieces of information are much more knowable than a good username/password pair. In practice, however, not many “bad guys” know your email and zip code, or would try logging in with them here even if they did, and (most important of all) or can actually achieve anything by logging in here. Successfully logging in to someone’s account here doesn’t get anyone much of anything, usually just a free book they don’t need. 😉 So the stakes are low — I am not protecting your life savings here.
The goal of the access system on PainScience.com is to have security that’s just casual enough that no one has to worry about saving a password, but still good enough to prevent abuse. I think I’ve achieved that balance, but feedback is always welcome if you are concerned about it.