Problem With Comments


As many of you are probably aware, hacking has become a huge problem on the internet. And the really scary thing is that many sites that do get hacked are then used by the hacker as an unwitting conduit to load damaging software onto the computers of those who visit the hacked site.

Hardening AAC

About a month ago, as part of our efforts to insure that you, our valued readers, are not damaged in this way, we hired a security company to monitor the Attainable Adventure Cruising web site and harden it against hacking.

An Unexpected Side Effect

However, a bug in one part of that hardening program has resulted in at least one reader being blocked from commenting and then receiving a message saying that their IP address was black listed—not fun.

A Difficult Situation

This puts us in a very difficult position since we need to make sure that the site is as secure as possible, but on the other hand we can’t have you, our readers, blocked from posting the comments that add so much to the site.

Please Help

The first thing we need to do is find out how widespread the problem is. To that end, if you have been blocked from commenting, could you please contact us with the details, including your IP address, which you can find here.

Thank You

And finally, a big thank you to Andrew from New Zealand, who first told us about this problem and who has patiently worked with us as we try to get it fixed.

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Meet the Author


John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

47 comments… add one
  • Antoni Campins Aug 18, 2012, 8:40 am

    Thank you very much for what you are doing. Far more interesting and useful than any magazine. You have followers also in Spain. I do not stop recommending it to my friends.

    • John Aug 18, 2012, 5:38 pm

      Hi Antoni,

      Thanks very much for the kind words, and the very generous donation too.

  • Bob Tetrault Aug 20, 2012, 8:28 pm

    I’m fine also

  • Andrew Aug 21, 2012, 8:05 am

    test Scotland

  • Derek H Aug 21, 2012, 8:37 pm

    Seattle calling.

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