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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2014, 07:11:44 AM »
I have other mods. I started the whole thing back in late February. I didn't know anything about SMF. I originally followed a You Tube video and installed it onto a free server. the whole purpose of this was to get away from one person from another forum. he signed up, and was blocked. he then started using a proxy to view the site. this was where and why I found this mod, and installed it. the latest problem was spammers attacking the site. my focus has been on that. this happened a week or so previous to this last event. when the site came back up on it's own. I shut the mod off. I should of removed it, but I didn't.

As you can see I'm clearly new to this in every aspect. I had no idea making a simple forum to discuss things would be so complicated. unfortunately I'm learning things the hard way.

Now, as for the code. I'm not seeing anything other than IP's in the .htaccess. according to what the "notes" say by removing the code in the .htaccess file, but I don't see anything of the sort. which file do you wish to view? the .htaccess, or the mod file?


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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2014, 08:30:08 AM »
To block spammers, I suggest using httpBL and Stop Spammer mods as mentioned here:

http://www.docskillz.com/docs/index.php?page=45

For general security tips for your forum, I suggest you read the tutorials in the "SMF 2.x Security" block on the left side of this forum.

As far as free hosting goes, I you can pay for hosting I highly suggest you do! Most free hosting cost at a price. Most do not allow you the control you would normally have with paid hosting and can change things on you without your knowledge or approval or will add restrictions to your forum's features. Also, most will charge you to backup your database which hold all of the posts, users, pm's, and other important information of your site. This is also done to prevent people from leaving them as you will not be able to take your db and information with you to another hosting without paying a stiff fee. If they allow you to backup your database for free, do it everyday in case something happens and you decide to leave them.

Now, as for the code. I'm not seeing anything other than IP's in the .htaccess. according to what the "notes" say by removing the code in the .htaccess file, but I don't see anything of the sort. which file do you wish to view? the .htaccess, or the mod file?

Yes, see if your IP is in that list of IP's in .htaccess and remove it if it is there. Look at your profile here on this forum and see if your hostname (the one usder IP) is also in it and remove it if it is in there.

Please post the .htaccess file if you are still having problems.

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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2014, 01:34:44 PM »
Ok, I just got home. let me catch up here. I started out on a free server through x10. I then upgraded to a .com site with X10. I originally started it on the free server to make sure enough interest was in the forum. I have checked several times and my IP is not in the file. I will post what is in the file below. it's just plain out blocking everyone.

Prior to upgrading I tried to move the forum to another server, but two of them couldn't do it. I ended up staying with them and they moved the site without any issues. I also tried Cloudflare, but that ended up bringing in more spammers. I'm on day 3 of the site being down....

Don't I have to be an admin to see my IP on here?


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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2014, 02:14:12 PM »
Prior to upgrading I tried to move the forum to another server, but two of them couldn't do it.

What do you mean by "2 of them"? 2 people tried and could not move it? And who, the people from x10?

I ended up staying with them and they moved the site without any issues. I also tried Cloudflare, but that ended up bringing in more spammers. I'm on day 3 of the site being down....

Where did they move the site to, another server or other hosting?

I'm not fond of cloudflare myself but I doubt that was the reason for the spammers...

Don't I have to be an admin to see my IP on here?

Yes, you're right but you should be able to see it in your posts on the bottom right.

Do you mind if I have a look at your files? If so, create a separate FTP account for me in cPanel and PM me the details. Please make sure it has access to /public_html.
« Last Edit: August 09, 2014, 02:16:25 PM by Skhilled »

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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #19 on: August 09, 2014, 03:14:21 PM »
while the forum was still in the free server status, I tried two different hosts/servers. one was inmotion, and the other was Web Hosting Hub. the problem was that X10 removed the back up wizard just a couple weeks before I wanted to move. I ended up staying with X10.

with Cloudflare, I seemed to have more activity with spammers looking around, and then trying to sign up. just an hour after turning on CF I had 38 "visitors" poking around signing up with names like "dhgbkfhe" as soon as I shut it off. the traffic stopped? I agree on not being a fan of CF.

do you want me to PM you my information to my cpanel? I don't have a problem with that. I can just change the password. it's not National security here lol.
« Last Edit: August 09, 2014, 03:22:45 PM by shutter »

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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2014, 03:24:55 PM »
If you learn to secure your forum you do not have to worry about spammers much. Every now and again one may get through but proper security and security mods will help a lot and save you a lot of work. ;)

I usually tell people to not give me their cPanel details (nor anyone else) in case you get someone who "claims" to help but turns out to be something else... Basically, if you want someone to help you you should create a separate FTP account for them to access the files. This way they do not have your cPanel details and you can delete their accounts at will. If you do give them your cpanel details you should change your password to it immediately after they are finished what they need to do. ;)

If you need someone to help fix something directly on your forum or have a look at the admin side you should let them create a separate account and then make them admin so they can see and fix whatever then change the account back to a regular user when they are done. Letting them register on their own will give you their details so if they are not a trustworthy person you have their IP, email, etc. ;)

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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #21 on: August 09, 2014, 03:49:24 PM »
Correct on the spammers. as I mentioned I'm new to creating forums. this one is a little over 5 months old. the spammers started about two months ago. I put the captcha on, admin approval, I had the proxy blocker on. I also had "bad behavior" but shut that off a day after installing it. I then tried Cloudflare, but of course you need to pay for quality control. I'm learning as I go. I just didn't see this many problems with running the forum.

I've never messed with the FTP accounts. I'll need a little guidance in creating another account. I don't have anything of value in my cpanel. my address can be found if someone wants to find me anyway. at the moment my card on file is expired as of last month. I haven't put the new one in place. you are here on a public forum so, obviously people know what is going on. personally I don't think it's a big deal. we can do the FTP thingy, no big deal. my goal is to get my forum back up and running as soon as possible. I have people emailing me constantly asking whats up.

If you were not an administrator, perhaps my concern would be a little different.
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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #22 on: August 09, 2014, 03:59:59 PM »
As far as spammer go, they come and go at various times of the year for various reasons. They will also target some servers more than others, especially if they think the security is flawed enough they can break in and control it. They tend to attack more around the holidays when people spend more money. If they can get into your bank account then they can get your money before you have a chance to stop them. ;)

You can pm me your account but wanted to mention that so you know how you SHOULD be doing things. ;)

I'll take a look and we'll try to get you back online today. :)

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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #23 on: August 09, 2014, 04:14:38 PM »
If you are more comfortable with the FTP route, we can do that too? if you noticed my forum, it's about an old hijacking back in 1971. I know a lot of reporters, law enforcement agencies, including the FBI. aeronautical engineer's, private investigators etc. I'm not to worried. I'm in my 50's and have survived so far lol. I do appreciate your concern.

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« Reply #24 on: August 09, 2014, 04:25:39 PM »
Knowing people and preventing something from happening BEFORE it happens are 2 very different issues! Once it happens doesn't mean they will be caught and may be too late before your identity is stolen or your users and used for nefarious means. ;)

Trust me, there are many people who will laugh at the FBI and have gotten away with a lot and still do!

I can do either one but I teach and help my users to learn to be safe. So, I had to mention that. Security is key to not only securing your site but gaining your users' trust. ;)

PM me the details so I can have a look and try to get you back online. :)

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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #25 on: August 09, 2014, 04:26:05 PM »
I just looked at the link you provided for spam. I have seen the same one. that's where I got the bad behavior mod from, but it was blocking some of my members. one had dial up. she is an older woman who refuses to jump up to dsl, cable. sometimes work gets in the way of working on getting the forum going smoothly. I work sometimes 70 hrs a week, so it's hard to put a lot of effort into this sometimes...

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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #26 on: August 09, 2014, 04:29:16 PM »
Ok, lets do the FTP thingy. I just need to resolve my issue. hopefully you can help in this matter. you have my full attention....

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« Reply #27 on: August 09, 2014, 05:02:39 PM »
I just looked at the link you provided for spam. I have seen the same one. that's where I got the bad behavior mod from, but it was blocking some of my members. one had dial up. she is an older woman who refuses to jump up to dsl, cable. sometimes work gets in the way of working on getting the forum going smoothly. I work sometimes 70 hrs a week, so it's hard to put a lot of effort into this sometimes...

The links I provide to you for anti-spam are for the Stop Spammer and the httpBL mods that I suggested that you use in my other post. Those are the 2 mods you should use as they play nice with each other. If you are referring to the link in the security block it also states to not use Bad Behaviour with the httpBL mod. I suggest you read it again. If you use those 2 mods you will be fine.

I work a lot of overtime as well and work 3rd shift. This is why my posts during the week are in the mornings...when I come home from work and before I go to bed. It does not matter what type of internet connection a user has, security is stilll the same. Their connection will run slower but that is their problem, not yours...that is what they are willing to pay or can afford. There is nothing you can do about that.

I'm 52 and have been into stopping spammers and hackers for years. I've spend time on Christmas Day helping people block spammers and hackers from their sites while my kids were opening their toys. I do know what i'm talking about. If I don't know something I will definitely say so. I never wish to give out any wrong information. Many people have helped me over the years for free so I, in turn, help others the same way.  O0

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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #28 on: August 09, 2014, 05:07:10 PM »
I do about the same. I hit the computer in the morning, take care of a few things and off I go. I figured I did something wrong with the bad behavior mod. I thought it was zapping the dial up connection. anyway, I'm making a FTP account. I'll send it momentarily.......I think  :blush:

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Re: SMF proxy mod locked site.
« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2014, 08:58:12 AM »

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