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Survival of the smartest ( 09:50:27 SunFeb 17 2002 )

Please Rate: (20 votes)
Automatic board backup when a major event (deleting/clearing a forum?) happens7.95 (Avg)
Personal server-side backups - just click, and your board will be backed up on our side, no need to download the backup file7.85 (Avg)
Optional freemail provider (hotmail et al) blocker - optionally block access to your board from anyone using a free mail provider4.15 (Avg)
"Only log me in from this computer" option - prevent others from logging in to your account (even if they guess your password)6.80 (Avg)
Admin functionality block - optionally put an extra password on admin functions, that will need to be entered for every major admin event7.15 (Avg)
Optional email approval - require that an e-mail confirmation is sent out before any major admin event is processed6.65 (Avg)
"View" flood control. Stop someone from viewing more than X pages per minute.6.30 (Avg)
Optional blocking of users with suspicious IP's7.95 (Avg)

I'm sitting here wondering about the age we live in online today, while 2 message boards (on a rival message board system, not us) have been completely "hacked" - totally wiped out by "the underground".

I never want that to happen to ANY BbBoard. And it hasen't yet. There is no doubt that people will try. Let's defeat them before they even begin. :smile:

Please rate the above options from 1 thru 10, 10 being something that you would think would be very effective for stopping "hackers", and 1 being something that'd do just the opposite.

Here's a list of things that we ALREADY have in place to stop them:

* Automatic daily, weekly, and monthly backups. These back up all boards, free or paid. You can request a restore from me at any time by e-mailing bbboy@bbboy.net . We can restore your whole board, or just specific forums.

* Manual backup. Download the backup file, and upload it again to restore it.

* Flood control that doesn't only work on registered members. Guest users are subject to any flood control limits you put upon them too.

* NO drop-off limit. On rival message board system(s), there is a certain limit of the number of posts you can have in a forum. So, the "hackers" just post enough for them to all drop off the end, and job well done. This isn't possible with BbBoard, as there's no limit. The only thing they would achieve would be a waste of time, as all the posts would still be there. :smile:

* General security. No HTML is allowed in sigs, or posts by guests/general users. Admins/mods can use HTML in posts (by the use of putting the [ html] tag somewhere in the post)

* Me. Plain & simple. Any user found even attempting to/suggesting that they will hack a board will be globally banned by username & email, meaning that they won't even be able to view any board. I am totally against any of this childish "hacking", and I will not stand to ever see it happen on any BbBoard. If it ever does, then I will personally make sure that they don't get away with it.

* Membership Screening. Turn this option on, and only people who are on your user list will be able to view/post at your board. You may know this feature as MBA.

* Advanced logging. We log EVERYTHING that happens on any BbBoard. IP#'s, usernames, actions, times. Everything is logged, nothing is left out. Just a quick search through the master log, and yay, we've found our "hacker".

* Willingness to prevent. Prevention is always better than restoring backups. If anyone has any other ideas for prevention of "hacking", let me know.

The next release (V1.2.6) is being aimed for the weekend. The release after that will be a special security-concious release incorporating the anti-hacking technologies that are being rated in this poll.]

In case you lost the point in reading that (:smile:), please rate the thigns at the top of this post from 1 thru 10, 10 being the most effective, and 1 being the opposite.

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 15:06:42 SunFeb 17 2002 )

Only option I don't agree with is the "optional freemail blocker".

With Sharon & I having a "samples" board there are lots of folks who use a freemail account to have confirmations sent to (heck on my main website we offer freemail !) - so if we block those the majority of people who sign up will be shot down right from the get-go ! :sad:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 20:32:51 SunFeb 17 2002 )

all of them sound great :smile:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 01:56:00 MonFeb 18 2002 )

I think these all are really good options that admins can use selectively to try to protect their boards frmo attacks like this. What happened over the weekend to our friend's boards hosted elsewhere is just unbelieveable and I totally agree-prevention is the key-since a hacker will see he can't get in and get tired and go hunt for game elsewhere if you know what I mean. :smash:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 15:57:55 MonFeb 18 2002 )

I'm all in agreement with that ... unfortunately it seems to happen all to often on an '******' board :sad: And the 'higher ups' are either too busy or just not involved enough to end that type of behavior !!

BBoy .. go show em how it's done !!!!!!! :spinsmile:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 20:06:55 MonFeb 18 2002 )


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unfortunately it seems to happen all to often on an '******' board And the 'higher ups' are either too busy or just not involved enough to end that type of behavior !!


yep :sad::sad:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 23:13:41 MonFeb 18 2002 )

:ohwell:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 07:55:06 TueFeb 19 2002 )

Yup ~ as opposed to rival message board sysytems, I'm here every day, pretty much. I don't see why you shoudl have to wait 3 days for a simple restoral...

Anyways, one other thing we're adding to that list of features being added is password encryption. Passwords will be encrpyted in the cookie, so that even if users manage to get a cookie-stealing script to work, they'll only "steal" a load of garbage, and not the actual password. This one is a simple addition, and will be in this weekends' release - not waiting for the security release.. :smile:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 14:21:33 TueFeb 19 2002 )

:thumb:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 15:30:11 TueFeb 19 2002 )

All I can say is WOW. I hadn't planned on moving my recipe board over here, because recipes are harder to move. But now after reading all these, I think I might after my gold expires. You are really on the ball Chris, I wish that other ****** admins could see how much better Best Boards is compared to ******. :smile:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 19:51:43 TueFeb 19 2002 )

Thank you BlackSparrow, we created Best Boards with users in mind and it is nice to hear how much you appreciate it isn't it Chris? We'll continue improving it and adding things to make the user experience nicer and more efficient. :biggrin:

We don't ever have to be a million boards strong to be the best IMHO. We got BbBoy to program things users dreamed of and continue dreaming up and we have good users here who support what we're doing and that makes Chris and I both eager to get online each day.

Right Chris? :thumb:


  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 06:04:01 WedFeb 20 2002 )

Check out my site on this server now, Pam :smile:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 06:07:47 WedFeb 20 2002 )

See, this guy is a real programmer who provides a real service, unlike certain other messageboard providers who shall remain nameless :smile: Listen to him, he knows of what he speaks. My board on the other server (not this one) was totally wiped out and they don't even want to give it back to me (and they're rude about it after *I* tried to help *them* find the hackers). :thumb:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 07:12:53 WedFeb 20 2002 )

Wow! Looks fantastic! :smile: Looks awesome! I love the St. Patrick's day theme! Those clovers are great! :wink:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 09:57:38 WedFeb 20 2002 )

Yup, looks great :biggrin:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 05:56:48 FriFeb 22 2002 )

Thanks! Might I add more reason to use this as your messageboard of choice, ... the er, competiton's board gave me a backup that went back a month, I lost 2,000 posts and 10,000 views after having the highest level of security I could, and just a day or two after the site hacking they released a new version with a heightened security feature for accounts :rotflmao: Yeah whatever :smile:

This server rules !!! :thumb::loveya:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 13:50:22 FriFeb 22 2002 )

I can't believe you lost that many posts Candace. I am so sorry you lose them and that the other system couldn't protect your community better. :ohwell:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 23:33:53 FriFeb 22 2002 )

Yep, I learned the hard way. Heh, I joined Best Boards on Jan. 14, and that's the same date ****** was able to restore posts to us. Just ridiculous. :smash:

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 10:41:30 WedFeb 27 2002 )

Might as well post the "release notes" here.

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> Server-Side Backups
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Admins, you can now back up your board without downloading the backup file. Keep up to 10 backups on the server, to be
restored at any time you wish. Click on "Server-Side Backups" in your admin center.


> Automatic Board Backup
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Admins, you can now optionally set your board to back itself up whenever a major admin event happens. Click on "Edit Board
Settings" in your admin center to enable this option.


> Admin Password
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Admins, you can now put an extra password on all important admin events. This will mean that not only will the user have to be
logged in as an admin, they will also have to know the special admin password to be able to make changes, if you wish. Click
on "Admin Password" to enable this feature. Note that to disable or change the admin password, you must know the current admin password.


> Admin Email Confirmation
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Going along the same guidelines as the Admin Password feature, admins can now select to have to approve any important admin
events by e-mail. Click on "Edit Board Settings" in your admin center, and enter an e-mail address to enable this feature.


> Freemail Provider Block
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Admins, you can now optionally block anyone using a popular free mail provider (hotmail, yahoo, lycos etc) from viewing your board. Click on "Edit Board Settings" in your admin center to enable this feature.


> Suspicious IP Block
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Admins, optionally block users with suspicious IP's from viewing your board. Click on "Edit Board Settings" in your admin
center to turn on this option.


> Log In Once
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Users, you can now have the option to onlyallow yourself to be logged in once. When you're logged in, no more logins will be
accepted until you've logged out. This makes your accouunt very secure, even if someone else guesses your password. Click on
"Security" in your User CP to activate this option.


> Hostname/IP Login
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Users, you can now specify that you will only log in from certain IP's or hostnames. If someone using a different IP or
hostname tries to access your account, they won't be allowed.


> User Backups
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Users, you can now download a backup file with your profile, settings, sigs etc, and restore it again at any time. Click on
"Backups" in your User CP.

  
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Re: Survival of the smartest ( 15:38:43 WedFeb 27 2002 )

All of those are fabulous things BbBoy! I am very impressed with all you've coded together to empower board admins to better protect their boards and accounts from problems. I think that is great about downloading a copy of your account details, signatures and prefs. I think this was a great release! :smile:

  

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