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Site Updates March/April 2014

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:53:58


IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you are using a disposable email address like trashmail or 10minutemail you might want to read on, or risk losing your account! Hello everyone, here's a little update on what's been happening on Digitalero in the last few months. Heartbleed Last week you might have heard something about bug referred to as Heartbleed. The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs). Examples of sites that were affected by this are Facebook, Tumblr, Google, Yahoo and Steam. If this all doesn't make sense to you or sounds like a bunch of technobabble, maybe this comic will help in explaining it to you. DigitalEro also utilizes OpenSSL, and thus Heartbleed affects us as well. Soon after the bug came to light, we updated to the latest version of OpenSSL, and have regenerated our SSL certificates. There is no indication that any of our systems have been compromised and no user data was ever stolen. It is however, good practice to reset your password. Blacklists To further limit the amount of forum spam we receive, we have recently started utilizing public anti-spam blacklists. So far, this anti-spam feature seems to do a good job in preventing large amounts of advertisement spam from flooding the forums. However, it is not 100% water tight and might sometimes result in false positives. In such a case, you might receive a message when signing up or posting a message saying that you've been blacklisted. If this is the case, please contact me through a Private Message or by sending us an email at <!-- e --><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><!-- e -->. Be sure to mention your IP address, email address and username if applicable. Also be aware that Tumblr got themselves on one of the blacklists we use, so adding Tumblr to your profile under "website" will give you a blacklist message. If you'd still like to list your Tumblr blog in the website field on your profile, you can do so by using a URL shortener or list it in your signature instead. Disposable Email addresses In a related update: starting today, we are blocking registration for users with disposable email addresses. If you are unfamiliar with the term, a disposable email address, or DEA for short, is a type of email address that can be generated on demand, so the user doesn't have to enter his real email address to sign up for the site and can be disposed off once registration and account activation is complete. Reasons for doing this could be; protecting your real email address from SPAM and preventing your online identity from being stolen. We know that these addresses are especially popular on the adult side of the web due to the shoddy reputation that porn sites have in general. Unfortunately, in our case these DEA's are often used for SPAM postings and to get around forum bans. Not to mention, we have a large chunk of users who signed up using these, now defunct, email addresses and every time users are sent emails by our site, it leaves errors in our system. This is why, despite their popularity, we've opted to block these addresses. Those of you who have already signed up using such an email address, are advised to update their account's email. Accounts that are not updated by the 16th of May, will be deactivated. If you are concerned about entering a valid email address on this site because of SPAM concerns, be aware that we will never send you unsolicited emails. If you would like to turn off the notifications that we send you, you can do so in your profile. We will also never share your email address with anyone else and do our best to protect it. Delete My Account We've recently seen an increase in people requesting their account to be deleted. We understand why people would want to delete their account, but we, like you, despise doing a job that you could do on your own. That's why we've added a feature that puts you in control of deleting your account. You can find the option to delete your account in your profile. Note that any posts that you have made on the site will not be removed. Chat changes A couple of weeks ago, we have changed to a different chat system. The automatic refreshing of the old chat in combination with several other factors were responsible for high resource usage, and sluggishness of the site. That's why the chat system has been rebuilt using less archaic web technologies. However, that brings with it a few more requirements for your browser. The new chat uses xdr-streaming and xdr-polling to provide a real time (faster) chat. Websockets will be added to that list soon. The list of browsers that support this technology can be seen below. Keep in mind that if your browser is not supported, the chat might exhibit unexpected behaviours or will just not work at all. Mobile browsers might work, but aren't tested or supported at this time. [list:2c70jcos] [*:2c70jcos]Google Chrome 6+ Excellent support[/*:m:2c70jcos] [*:2c70jcos]Firefox 4+ Excellent support[/*:m:2c70jcos] [*:2c70jcos]Internet Explorer 10 Serviceable[/*:m:2c70jcos] [*:2c70jcos]Safari Theoretically supported, untested[/*:m:2c70jcos] [*:2c70jcos]Opera Unknown, untested[/*:m:2c70jcos] [*:2c70jcos]Internet Explorer 8/9 Broken, unsupported[/*:m:2c70jcos] [*:2c70jcos]Internet Explorer 6/7 Broken, unsupported, vulnerable.[/*:m:2c70jcos][/list:u:2c70jcos] If you are using IE6 or 7, update to IE 10 or get a modern browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you are still on Windows XP or earlier and can't upgrade your browser, it is recommended that you upgrade to a newer operating system as soon as possible. Please note that the chat is currently in active development. It's more like an alpha release if anything. If you have feature requests or are experiencing bugs in the chat, you can post a new thread in the Bugs & Requests subforum. A list of chat commands will be made available soon. WebM and GFYCat BBcodes Let's face it. Animated GIFs are too big in file size and lack in quality. That's why we've added two new BBcodes that should help shrinking the filesize of your animations and making them load faster. WebM is a video format that is widely supported by many web browsers. The best thing about WebM is that, a WebM video potentially is 16 times smaller than an animated GIF. If you know how to encode your video to WebM, and have uploaded it somewhere, you can embed it using the webm bbcode.
If you don't know how to encode to WebM however, you might want to use GFYCat. GFYCat is a gif/video hosting service that allows you to upload your videos and turn them into WebM, H264 and GIFs automatically. You can then embed your gifs using the gfycat BBcode. More info on how to use it can be found in this thread. Of the methods listed above, GFYCat is preferred because it switches between different formats based on what is supported by your browser. It also has a bunch of neat controls for your animations. And that's all for now. More updates will be coming soon. Have fun posing! -Ganonmaster