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Security Update

Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:27 pm
by Thomas
Hi everyone, I am still getting a steady stream of human registrations for the purpose of spamming. Some recent users will have had to answer the Bucephalas question in order to have their registration approved.

My next idea is to try out a service called CloudFlare to protect (and speed up) pothos.org. It should improve page loading times and reduce the number of active spammers. this will slowly switch on over the next couple of days.

Please note that under this system you may get a challenge page before you are granted access to the site. You can still access the forum by passing the captcha.

They say:
Cloudflare wrote:"Only a small number of your forum members will see the challenge page" and that "the challenge page will appear if there are indications that their machine is infected with a computer virus or malware. The best thing to do is to run an anti-virus scan on their machine as a precaution...there are false positives with the data, but it is most common when the visitor is coming from a shared network like an office, college network or coffee shop. What this means is that although their computer isn't infected, someone else on the same network does have an issue. Your community member should run an anti-virus scan as a precaution. If there is no virus or malware, then they can enter the CAPTCHA to access the forum. The data set will refine over time."
Please make any observations, good or bad, on this thread - the change can be reversed at any time.

Re: Security Update

Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:24 am
by amyntoros
Interesting. Haven't noticed anything different as yet - good or bad - but it's only been a day. Will let you know if anything comes up.

Best regards,

Re: Security Update

Posted: Thu Jun 09, 2011 8:45 pm
by marcus
amyntoros wrote:Interesting. Haven't noticed anything different as yet - good or bad - but it's only been a day. Will let you know if anything comes up.

Best regards,
Same here, but thanks for the info, Thomas. Will keep and eye out, of course.

ATB

Re: Security Update

Posted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:35 pm
by Thomas
I have noticed that it is unbelievably much quicker to load - anyone else?

Re: Security Update

Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:01 pm
by amyntoros
Thomas wrote:I have noticed that it is unbelievably much quicker to load - anyone else?

Initially I couldn't see a difference, but then again I have broadband so all pages usually load quickly. Today, however, I've had some problems with other sites - it happens once in a while - but not with the Pothos pages which are still loading faster than I can count. :-)

Best regards,

Re: Security Update

Posted: Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:06 pm
by Thomas
:D :D

Re: Security Update

Posted: Sun Jun 26, 2011 5:40 am
by sikander
Greetings Thomas,

So far, everything seems fine.

Regards,
Sikander