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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-14-2016, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Attention - Password and Security Update

Hello all,

Over the next few days we will be implementing some changes to our forum password strength and password expiration policies. To make sure you continue having the best experience possible on the community, we regularly monitor the site and the Internet to keep everyone's account information safe. We've recently become aware of a potential risk to some accounts coming from outside of this community. Just to be safe, we are implementing the following changes to improve security even further:

1) We are asking everyone to change their passwords (and will force a one time reset). Along with every user on the forum, new passwords will need to be more complex, and can't be simple words (sorry, you can't have "fluffy" as your password anymore!). Please use a password unique to this community. Reusing passwords can expose your account indirectly when other websites (Twitter, Linkedin, Badoo, etc) are compromised; and

2) Your passwords will expire on a 365 day basis. When you login on the 366th day, you will have to change it.

We'll also be sending out an email to users to let them know about the changes, in upcoming weeks.

Thanks all,

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Thanks Helena,

I'll use complex passwords and change them every 181 days on the forums where I'm a moderator and every 365 days on forums where I'm a regular user.

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Noted.

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post #4 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-15-2016, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Helena,

I'll use complex passwords and change them every 181 days on the forums where I'm a moderator and every 365 days on forums where I'm a regular user.
Thanks!

The system will force change your password, and when you log in to change it, it will provide you with a new criteria to make the passwords more complex and secure.

We'll keep you updated.

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WoW this forum is all smashed into 1 now huh|?......lol


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WoW this forum is all smashed into 1 now huh|?......lol
I think you land on the main FMV Performance page after the password change. I used a shortcut to get back to mazda3forums afterward.


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Got it. New password: fluffy123!
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Hmmm, got a new password notification in my E-Mail today which stated my password had been changed by the administrator; pretty funny. Why? Because the new password doesn't work; I logged out, tried the new password included in the E-Mail, fail, and then tried my original password (which worked).

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I honestly am sick of sites changing forcing me to change my password because their password requirements have changed and this site is one of the worst I have seen!

Must be at least 10 characters
Must contain lower-case characters
Must contain upper-case characters
Must contain numbers
Must contain symbols

What kind of crack are the admins smoking!? All of the online banking sites I use have lower password requirements! This is just a forum, it contains no personal information whatsoever. For sites like this I generally try to keep a simple password and reuse it on multiple sites because I DON'T CARE if it gets hacked. If I care about an online account, like for banking, I make up a random password. Stop forcing these baseless changes down peoples throats!
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I honestly am sick of sites changing forcing me to change my password because their password requirements have changed and this site is one of the worst I have seen!

Must be at least 10 characters
Must contain lower-case characters
Must contain upper-case characters
Must contain numbers
Must contain symbols

What kind of crack are the admins smoking!? All of the online banking sites I use have lower password requirements! This is just a forum, it contains no personal information whatsoever. For sites like this I generally try to keep a simple password and reuse it on multiple sites because I DON'T CARE if it gets hacked. If I care about an online account, like for banking, I make up a random password. Stop forcing these baseless changes down peoples throats!
Yep. All of the VerticalScope forums (i.e. most of the automotive forums out there) just went to this bullshit. That's fine, I'll leave. Very strange reason to leave, but fnck it, I'm not going to come up with multiple new super-complex passwords just for them. And wtf, they don't even consider "_" to be a symbol. Pretty sure that's not a number OR a letter... so that must mean it is a symbol!

Like you said, I don't give a rats ass if my account is compromised, and if a hacker hasn't figured my password out he won't have found it out in the following year. Better security would be to lock an account after 10 attempted logins or something. Now I'm a moderator here, so I agree, I shouldn't have a password like "password" but these password requirements are just retarded.

And finally... when forums are hacked it is because there is a vulnerability in the forum software, and because management didn't keep it up to date, not because JohnDoe didn't use a strong enough password. If the hacker needs access to an account, he will create a new account, and hack the forum from there.

I'll give the VerticalScope geniuses a week to fix it, and if they don't I'll just head off to a forum with non-retarded management.


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LOL spambots clearly don't mind the new rules!
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