Update from the Techno-Wizards at Mortens Media

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Update from the Techno-Wizards at Mortens Media

Postby peter » Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:27 am

OK, lets see how digestible you guys find this. :)

  1. First it looks like humans may be registering, instead of bots, to bypass the Q+A captcha.
  2. The updated version of PHPBB3 is more secure, as it plugs holes that would allow an attack on the server itself.
  3. From now, any new registrations will be in the 'Newly Registered Users' group and any posts by them will need moderator approval.
  4. The extension 'Stop Forum Spam' has been installed, which is *SUPPOSED* to query an online database for any spam/IP addresses/Registrations that are known spam. It has a sensitivity level that can be adjusted. It *Might* cause some false positives, let's roll with it for a day or two.
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Re: Update from the Techno-Wizards at Mortens Media

Postby alan refail » Thu Nov 26, 2015 9:44 am

Sounds good, Peter. It will prove itself when the spamming stops/slows down.

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Re: Update from the Techno-Wizards at Mortens Media

Postby dan3008 » Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:35 pm

peter wrote:1. First it looks like humans may be registering, instead of bots, to bypass the Q+A captcha.

Makes sense, the Q&A capture does beat most bots, even the lot of us at Microlise security couldnt write a bot that could reliably beet them...
peter wrote:2. The updated version of PHPBB3 is more secure, as it plugs holes that would allow an attack on the server itself.

Its a LOT more secure. since 2 actually had a gaping hole in in...
peter wrote:4. The extension 'Stop Forum Spam' has been installed, which is *SUPPOSED* to query an online database for any spam/IP addresses/Registrations that are known spam. It has a sensitivity level that can be adjusted. It *Might* cause some false positives, let's roll with it for a day or two.[/list]

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D Cant give enough love to this fact. Stop Forum Spam is one of the best plugins ever :D Seriously probably the best choice you guys have ever made :D
Just ran into the first "issue" because I tend to post a lot in quick succession, it's just stoped me making a second post "You cannot make another post so soon after your last" lol... Ah well, the curse of being a touch typer and likeing to post little and often
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Re: Update from the Techno-Wizards at Mortens Media

Postby oldherbaceous » Fri Nov 27, 2015 5:01 am

I'm glad it hasn't got a, "taking too long setting", as it takes me ages to type a message..... :D
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Re: Update from the Techno-Wizards at Mortens Media

Postby dan3008 » Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:41 am

oldherbaceous wrote:I'm glad it hasn't got a, "taking too long setting", as it takes me ages to type a message..... :D

One forum i was on did... I had a post blocked because I was typing, and my wife unexpectedly went into labour... so I left the computer on and went... so it took me 2 days and 5 hours to write the post... lol
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Re: Update from the Techno-Wizards at Mortens Media

Postby oldherbaceous » Fri Nov 27, 2015 10:15 am

Morning Dan, it wasn't a "Self delivery forum", was it?.... :D
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Re: Update from the Techno-Wizards at Mortens Media

Postby Stephen » Fri Nov 27, 2015 12:12 pm

I'm impressed.
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