You probably haven’t noticed, but we have added a couple of layers of extra security to the village website now. Whilst we think we live in a quiet location, the village website is situated in the Wild West and is open to spammers, hackers and all sorts of spurious activity.
Since the revised village website went ‘live’ we have started to become targetted by spurious new users who have been posting very odd messages on the village Online Forum. Their posts just contained links to other (most likely malicious) iffy websites. These were quickly removed and the ‘new’ users were deleted.
We have now added a “reCAPTCHA” add on to the new users sign up procedure. The process used to
be that you would sign up, receive a confirmation email and then you could access the Online Forum straight away after clicking on a link in that email, with no other checks or other security layers. Whilst that is a useful way of allowing new users to sign up, it does open the Online Forum up to abuse.
New User Sign Up Process
When a new user signs up, they will have to confirm that they are not a ‘bot’ by ticking the box under the user name and email address sign-in.
It should look like this…
Once a new user has signed up and responded to the matching images that reCAPTCHA shows on the screen, the user then should receive an email which they use to confirm their identity, and then once confirmed the new user has to be authorised by one of the website administrators. The new user can have their ‘membership’ of the site either accepted or denied. Sometimes it is quite easy to spot the spammers as their email addresses give it away – but not always.. We know this sounds a bit more long-winded than it should be but we have to be conscious of who is ‘out there’ and what their intentions are.
Do feel free to recommend the Newsletter sign up, and the Online Forum to other residents, and we actively encourage participation on the Forum as a place of discussion for the village, and for topics that affect it.
Thanks all… see you at the Bonfire on Saturday