Sorry to keep bothering everyone with posts about our efforts to deal with hackers and spam. I assure you that we are not any happier about this constant distraction from more interesting things…like offshore voyaging…than you are.
Anyway, once again AAC is under attack: Spammers trying to access the comments, hackers trying to break in to put nasty stuff on our site, brute force attacks, you name it. So far we have warded all of this off, but it is a constant worry.
We don’t have any of your financial information on the site—all of that is handled by Paypal—so that’s not a potential problem. But your email addresses are in our membership and comment database, and we take our responsibility to guard those very seriously. In addition, it is possible for a hacker, if they were to break in, to place malware on our site that could cause you problems.
Upping the Defences
We have long had our site monitored every four hours by the good folks at Sucuri so we could take it down if anyone did breach our security, but now, due to the level of attacks we are getting, it’s time to take our defences up a notch. To that end, we have just enabled Sucuri Firewall, which will make AAC as safe as any site on the internet, and a great deal safer than most.
However, there’s a down side. There is just a possibility that the new firewall could break something on our site. So if anything at all does not work, please tell us.
There is also the risk that Sucuri could misidentify you, a legitimate user, as a hacker and lock you out of this site. (The screen would look like the graphic at the beginning of the post.) And this gives us a real problem, since it would also lock you out of our member system, comments, and contact form.
Could Make You Crazy
Big time Catch-22: you are locked out and you can’t tell us about it. This could make any person, no matter how calm and cool, really crazy. And we need to know immediately, so we can fix it.
The good news is that most of you have access to our direct email. No I can’t publish it here, or we will be inundated with spam, but I can tell you what to do if you do get locked out:
- If you are a member, we are about to send you an email about this, so just reply to that.
- If you are not a member, but a subscriber, just reply to any email informing you of a new post.
- If you follow AAC on Facebook, just use Facebook mail.
- If none of that works our direct email address is info at our boat name (all one word) dot com.
However you contact us, we will get right on it.
If you are planning to contact us on another matter, please use our normal contact screen.
The Bright Side
Two pieces of good news in all of this:
- If the firewall works as advertised, we will be able to get rid of that annoying arithmetic problem you currently have to solve before commenting.
- The site should get faster because we won’t be using server resources fighting off hackers and spammers, as we are now.
Thanks to all for your patience.
And a special huge thank you to our members who pay us so we can pay Sucuri to keep everyone that visits this site safe.