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Feb 11 2017, 09:28 PM
This is an "under the hood" update that's been in the works for a while, and will, for the most part, be uneventful. However it does deserve to be mentioned because I want people to use it when it's finally openly available. For some time I have been working to change the password encryption scheme used on JFH to be more modern.

Presently, we use something called MD5, which is a 32-character hash of your password. The upgrade I have installed changes the system to bcrypt -- a 60-character hash, that is more future proof and its strength can be dynamically adjusted. In short: bcrypt is much better for us/your board.

This change, however, is not automatic. The upgrade must be done on a per-board basis. I'll make this as easy as clicking a button in the Admin CP that says "upgrade me" or something like that in the future, but at the moment this is in testing phase.

To start, it's been enabled on the support board, so this topic is for feedback regarding that. I would like to hear about any incidents where you were unable to login to here. There should not be any, and I have already noticed that users logging in are having their hashes changed to the stronger system without even realizing it / knowing it (that's good!)

This topic will also be for questions regarding this update as well. Should the support board trial continue to go well, I would like to find some other boards to upgrade as well. Let me know here if you'd be interested.

Once again, this update is extremely transparent. If you've logged out and logged in here recently, you are using a bcrypt-password and don't even notice it.
Feb 7 2017, 09:15 PM
Google Chrome has recently rolled out Chrome v56. The significance of this release is as follows:

Starting January 2017, Chrome 56 will label HTTP pages with password or credit card form fields as 'not secure,' given their particularly sensitive nature

Therefore, the Admin CP and and anywhere on your forum that might include a password form (such as the log-in page, quick login) will display a "Not Secure" notice in the address bar.

This does NOT mean:
  • Your board can be "hacked" or exploited at the software level.
  • Your credit card details will be stolen (we don't even store or process credit cards - not even for Premium!).
  • Your password will, most certainly, be stolen by the Boogie man or Troll who lives under the bridge.
What it does mean is that if you don't trust the connection between yourself and your internet provider, you should exercise caution about logging in. This has always been the case in the past 10+ years the service has been around. Generally speaking, if you're not using sleazy public wifi, you are going to be just fine as you always have been.

HTTPS (secure) support is on our list of priorities, however, as it would still add a good benefit to the forums to encrypt everything. Unfortunately, it will not likely be fully ready this year. We have thousands of forums, and will have to do proper testing and implementation -- domain owners will absolutely not be able to take advantage of it right away either, since each domain name will require its own individual certificate. So, SSL is not just a "switch" that we can turn on and off with ease. The internet, is indeed being 'pushed' toward all-SSL whether the data on the website is required to be confidential or not. We are aware, it is in the works, it will just take time.

We hope this helps to clarify this message that some of you are seeing, and as always, thanks for your continued support.

Jan 19 2017, 06:29 PM
As a response to an aggressive increase of spam in 'Guest' enabled forums -- reported by our community and our own logging mechanisms -- we have implemented the friendly checkbox-style reCAPTCHA unit.

While we are not the biggest fans of reCAPTCHA, it has now become necessary because of spammers mass targeting active forum's guest-enabled areas.

reCAPTCHA is being trialed by us over the next few days to see how effective it is. If it proves to be highly effective overall, we will implement it in other logical areas as well replacing the existing captcha.

We thank you for your patience and appreciate your attention while we continue to fight and hopefully defeat the spam!

Jan 9 2017, 12:04 PM
We're looking forward into the new year. As JFH has grown and changed over the years so have the needs of forum administrators and their members. The result? Some features and modules are rarely, or sparsely used. This is for a variety of reasons -- sometimes they have been eclipsed by newer features, they are outdated, or simply not of use in today's web.

Without any spin: we are going to be removing some features that less than 2% of our active boards even have enabled, and less than 0.5% are even "utilizing."

Out of respect for those still using these features, we are not doing this right away, and instead have marked them as deprecated with a notice for the last month or so. This is to let everyone know these features will be removed in the near future.

There is no time frame for them to be pulled - you do not have to worry about this for now, as this would be months, possibly a year down the line for some features before they are taken out.

Here is a list of the features that have been deprecated and will eventually be removed, as of 1/9/17
  • IPBookie System
  • DL System
  • Army System
  • IPDynamic Lite
  • Navigation Bar Set-up
  • Ad Removal (not premium) -- removed from Admin CP 1/23/2017, credit system still active.
  • RSS Feeds -- removed 1/23/2017
  • Lo-Fi Version
  • Search Engine Spiders (ACP, not their recognition)
  • Lottery
  • Hack Attack Logs and 'Secure Login' settings - these will be there, but handled more internally.
  • My Assistant (Already replaced by alert system - but will be removed entirely if not enabled).
As always, we are not going to stop adding features and working on JFH. But a cleaner code base is always easier to work with -- and less clutter in the Admin CP makes things more clear for both current and new administrators.

We apologize if you are utilizing one or more of these features and urge you to reach out to us if this will critically affect you. This will help us adjust our time frames in the future for removal and we may also be able to help you find a better solution for your needs.

We have ALSO deprecated the "Profile Templates" section of the Admin CP -- but I have not included it in the less than 1% category. Many users are still operating out of this section, so it will be a long time before it is removed. However, a notice is displayed to urge moving their template over to the new HTML Templates system -- which for most is a quick copy and paste.

Thank you for your continued support as we go forward into another new year!
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Everyone here at wishes you a happy and safe holiday season 2016, and the best of luck with your forum into the new year!
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