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Online Security is becoming more and more of an issue today. Hackers and crackers seem to be more and more common. If you're following the admin community as closely as I do, you've probably been aware of the recent issue involving Brivium and their recent hack of The Admin Zone. If you aren't already aware of this, here's the official XenForo announcement. Now, this can be a very scary situation whenever something like this happens. I'll break down what happened, and how you can try to prevent it from happening to you on your forums, as well as on Forum...

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Hey guys, I figured I would take the time to introduce you to a domain extension I am sure you are already familiar with. If you weren't born yesterday, you have been exposed to .tk domains in the past. I will try my best to explain them, and also expose you to why it is important to avoid them. Why do I need to avoid them? As a webmaster, it is important to avoid them because they represent a rather untamed area of the internet. This free domain extension is often used by phishing websites and other illegal websites to...

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SSL is a technology which secures communications between your users and your website. In the case of a forum, it allows you and your members to log in without having to worry about whether your password is entirely safe or not. You can tell whether a website has SSL by checking for the green lock beside the address bar when visiting the website. However, there are also negatives to using SSL. This article discusses both the positive, and the negatives, of using this technology on your forum. The Positives: Why to Use SSL on your Forum There are several reasons...

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Fighting spam effectively can be difficult, but using three different technologies, it can be quite achievable. Forums do not need to use member validation, or impose the requirement to first post in a particular forum. Instead, a forum needs to use the following three techniques to form a passive and active defense against forum spam. Defense Layer #1: Good Anti-Spam Software The most important aspect to any spam defense is software. Within this "Layer," an administrator should use four different technologies to defeat spam. Those technologies are as follows. reCAPTCHA: Google's reCAPTCHA is currently the most effective anti-spam mechanism. There...

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Category_Programming & Design, Category_Security and Privacy, Mr.Snuggles -

This article was first posted on our blog on 28/01/2011. For this reason, the information may be outdated and no longer reliable/correct. We’ve all heard about viruses or been hit by one. It’s never a pleasant experience no matter how big or small it is. That being said, what different kinds of viruses are there, and how can we protect our vital information from being stolen? For several years now, I’ve been a programmer. Be it PHP, C++ or Python, I’ve at least basked in it’s glory; when it comes to malicious code, I’m the expert. There are several types...

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