Board security, privacy, and common sense

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Board security, privacy, and common sense

Postby Kernos » 08 Feb 2004, 22:32

There is evidence that attempts have been made to hack into user accounts on this board. This is not conclusive, but I wanted to provide information that can help protect your privacy.

Though PHPBB is about as secure as a public board like this can be and much of the effort to improve PHPBB regards security issues, all boards have security exploits by their very nature of being open.

There are however some simple things you can do to protect your privacy and perhaps reputation on the board.

1. Do not put any information in your profile that you do not want to become public.

2. The only things we require are a username, password and email address.

We suggesting using handles rather than real names; use an email account other than your main email address - hotmail, yahoo, msn are good choices as they are easy to change. Give a general location instead of a specific town. I use Ozarks because I live in a small town, so could be easily tracked down.

3. Use email rather than PMs to talk privately. Email is much more secure than PMs on this board.

4. Change your password frequently. This is a 'duh', but most people do not do it. And do not give it to ANYONE. Use GOOD passwords that include letters, numbers and special characters. Do not use words or phrases. If my password were 'antlers', I could be easily guessed.

If anyone thinks their accounts are being hacked, please collect as much information as you can and be as specific as possible. Email your concerns to me (Kernos). An email link is on everyone's profile.

If anyone is being hassled, stalked or being sent inappropriate material by a member of this Board, please provide us with evidence. Although such behavior cannot be controlled by us, we can ban members who do it. But evidence must be reliable.

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Re: Board security, privacy, and common sense

Postby DJ Droood » 30 Aug 2010, 12:44

Wise advice.
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Re: Board security, privacy, and common sense

Postby Spirit Bear » 30 Aug 2010, 19:56

Thanks for the advice Kernos :hug:
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Re: Board security, privacy, and common sense

Postby WolfendenS » 27 Oct 2010, 17:31

thank you for your guidlines..I'm a newbie...I need all the help I can get :-|


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