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Offline Barbara

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« on: October 09, 2006, 11:43:55 AM »
Hi,

I'm having problems with trouble makers on our site who are using the forum.
Is there a way to block IP addresses?
One of our administrators deleted some of the trouble maker's messages before we could copy them for the police. Is there a way to retrieve deleted messages?
Oh and one more thing, what's the difference between the pay version and the free version?

Thanks,
Barbara

Offline EZ

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Re: security
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2006, 01:52:14 PM »
Hello,

Sadly there is currently no way to block IP addresses.  I have a version lying around that can filter on "bad words" but it is quite experimental.  However, the database file will include the IP address of each person that posts a message, so that is some information that you can take to the police.  That should help them identify the culprits.

Also, messages that have been deleted are gone forever.  I suggest that you ask your host for a copy of the backup (they should run nightly backups) of a certain date when the messages were still there.  You can then set up a second copy of the script and make it run on that old database to show the police.

The paid XTra version has these three features over the free one:

  • Split the results over many pages
  • Search engine for the database
  • Highlight matching words in the results

EZ

Offline azparrothead

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Re: security
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2006, 08:33:35 AM »
I also have had an issue with a googlebot deleting several records in my file on 10-4 thru 10-6.  My host does supply a method to block an IP, but when doing an IP search, that IP was not found.  Use csvbackup to religiously back up your data and backup your site regullary also.

Offline EZ

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Re: security
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2006, 10:31:57 AM »
How can a googlebot delete entries when you have a password set?

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Re: security
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2006, 11:12:17 AM »
Password was set AFTER attack

Offline Barbara

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Re: security
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2006, 01:44:13 PM »
Thanks for the responses. By database, do you mean the text file?

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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2006, 01:51:11 PM »
Yes, indeed.

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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2006, 07:37:44 AM »
Barb,

In order to aid the police, because I know how they can be in these matters...  use could try using this website to track down the source of the IP:

http://network-tools.com/default.asp

That can help you pinpoint where it is coming from.

Jason
Founder of www.slipdex.com

Offline Barbara

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Re: security
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2006, 01:10:27 AM »
Thanks for all the help. Yes, I did already use that site and traced his provider via his IP address. Shame you can't find someone's email thru an ip address. I do plan on reporting it to his provider if he shows up again (can't do it now without the text itself). Its pretty sick for someone to threaten to burn down our houses. We are just a non profit group trying to have the houses in our neighborhood put on the monument list so that they aren't torn down. Hard to believe that the people that are for tearing them down and building new ones would go so far.

Barbara
http://www.hetblauwedorp.nl

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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2006, 03:01:16 AM »
Sorry to the others, but a few words in dutch...

Barbara,

Ik heb net de petitie getekend.  Een stukje origineel Nederland zoals dat moet je inderdaad beschermen.  Als ik kan helpen door een XTra script te doneren, graag hoor.  Laat maar weten via de contact pagina van onze web site.

Groetjes,
EZ

Offline Barbara

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Re: security
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2006, 03:50:20 PM »
Dank je wel EZ :)

Ik ben een genaturaliseerde nederlander :) van oorsprong amerikaans.
Ik hoop dat de monumentcommissie een positieve advies geeft aan de gemeente. Wij hebben hard gewerkt om het blauwe dorp te redden. Wij zijn nu bijna aan het einde.

Barbara