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2S Security Updates
« on: September 16, 2012, 10:13:42 AM »
Recently we have made a few changes to make 2S more secure from spam bots.

In a normal install SMF offers e-mail verification, CAPTCHA and user-assignable security questions. We have increased the CAPTCHA difficulty (from none to a basic pattern) and we have added several new security questions which should confuse bots. The answers for these questions should still be available on the first page of a Google search for anyone not knowing the answers.

We have also made two additions to the site. Both of these use external services to try and track spammers and bots throughout the internet. Between them they should stop virtually all spammers. We might even be able to reduce our security question complexity if these mods work as effectively as they have in the past.

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Re: 2S Security Updates
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2012, 10:17:25 AM »
1) Will there be any down-time whilst this is going on?

2) Will it have any effect of existing active user's accounts?
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Re: 2S Security Updates
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2012, 10:21:27 AM »
1) Will there be any down-time whilst this is going on?
The updates have been applied silently over the last two or three days.

2) Will it have any effect of existing active user's accounts?
It shouldn't have any effect unless you are posting from a known spammers IP address. If this is the case then there is little we are able to do about this unfortunately.

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Re: 2S Security Updates
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 10:46:09 AM »
Sounds good to me.  Thanks for implementing these changes.
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