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About login problems

Post #1 by Site Admin » Tue May 24, 2011 9:07 am

Hello,

we have got reports about login problems to the forum.

Some months ago this forumsoftware (not CMN in particular) was target of brute force attacks.
The so called "hackers" then try to login to the forums by using usernames and random passwords, several times, hoping that they will find the correct password.

This happens to every onlinesoftware now and then and is not a problem that can be solved by us.

The forum software we are using is protected against such attacks by only allowing a certain amount of wrong login-tries successively.
After that, the user will have to input a verification code when entering the username and password.
As the attacks are performed by automated scripts, they cannot react on this additional verification code.

But the "problem" is that the regular user will be facing a verification code next time he/she is trying to login. Just enter the verification code and you should be logged in.

If the problem still persists or if the login problem is of a different nature:
There are several solutions when facing login problems
1) empty your browsers cache and cookies - then try to login again
2) try to login with a different browser
3) try to login from a different computer

You dont need to worry about your passwords here more then about your passwords for webmailer or other online-applications. Your password for the forum is protected in a similar way as a hotmail-password or other application-passwords, encrypted and hidden. It is only possible to retrieve the password by guessing.

Please contact the board admin or a moderator if you have any questions! We will try to answer them!


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Re: About login problems

Post #2 by Julian » Tue May 24, 2011 9:19 pm

Site Admin wrote:Hello,

The so called "hackers" then try to login to the forums by using usernames and random passwords, several times, hoping that they will find the correct password.

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Hi, what do they want to do if they do manage to find the correct password? Maybe make a post and say that JCB's are a load of crap? :lol:

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Re: About login problems

Post #3 by Martyn Henley » Tue May 24, 2011 9:49 pm

what do they want to do if they do manage to find the correct password


Well Julian, no they dont say that JCB's are crap :lol: , they get your details, like email address and then bombard you with shed loads of spam, they also find out your password and 9 times out of ten people use the same password .. and armed with this information they go and see if they can help themselves to your hard earned cash out of your bank account ... and if they cant help themselves to your money they send email bombs and destroy your email account ...funny old world aint it :think:

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Re: About login problems

Post #4 by Site Admin » Tue May 24, 2011 10:18 pm

But to be honest, this does not work. It is VERY seldom they get the information they want. I just wanted to explain why people might have login-problems. It is one of the causes.
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Re: About login problems

Post #5 by Julian » Tue May 24, 2011 10:42 pm

Martyn Henley wrote:
what do they want to do if they do manage to find the correct password


Well Julian, no they dont say that JCB's are crap :lol: , they get your details, like email address and then bombard you with shed loads of spam, they also find out your password and 9 times out of ten people use the same password .. and armed with this information they go and see if they can help themselves to your hard earned cash out of your bank account ... and if they cant help themselves to your money they send email bombs and destroy your email account ...funny old world aint it :think:

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That's not good :shock: Though I learned the email spam lesson years ago and only ever use 'throw away' addresses for online forums and shopping etc, then if too much spam arrives I bin it and start over. Though havng said that I haven't had any spam for a few years, maybe my ISP (virgin) has got its act together and stopped the nonsense?

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Re: About login problems

Post #6 by Site Admin » Wed May 25, 2011 9:11 am

I am using Google Mail, they also have a very good spam-protection. It is possible to train it.
But, mails (notifications of new posts and PMs) from forums where you registered cannot be considered to be spam. ;)
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