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I updated with a post yesterday. We have a web developer building a brand new forum and social that is infinitely better than this, with tonnes more options. It was something we were planning to do an

I would recommend changing passwords. As far as we can see, they gained access to the admin panel, which doesn't store passwords. IPs and email addresses only.    There are no bank details s

All that this forum requires to post is a username/password/email address. With database access they will have your IP address unless you are spoofing it.   If you're not using a burner emai

7 minutes ago, mrbookrah said:

For mobile users I do reccomend the new Huawei P40 series

Starting from £270

Not the safest, is still based on Android. 

Google services are not installed. 

No access to location, targeted advertising etc...

 

I would recommend for anyone who must have a smart phone .... this once it is made available!

 

https://www.pine64.org/pinephone/

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Allwinner A64 Quad Core SoC with Mali 400 MP2 GPU
  • 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM
  • 5.95″ LCD 1440×720, 18:9 aspect ratio (hardened glass)
  • Bootable Micro SD
  • 16GB eMMC
  • HD Digital Video Out
  • USB Type C (Power, Data and Video Out)
  • Quectel EG-25G with worldwide bands
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, single-band, hotspot capable
  • Bluetooth: 4.0, A2DP
  • GNSS: GPS, GPS-A, GLONASS
  • Vibrator
  • RGB status LED
  • Selfie and Main camera (2/5Mpx respectively)
  • Main Camera: Single OV6540, 5MP, 1/4″, LED Flash
  • Selfie Camera: Single GC2035, 2MP, f/2.8, 1/5″
  • Sensors: accelerator, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, ambient light
  • 3 External Switches: up down and power
  • HW switches: LTE/GNSS, WiFi, Microphone, Speaker, Cameras
  • Samsung J7 form-factor 3000mAh battery
  • Case is matte black finished plastic
  • Headphone Jack

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1 minute ago, ink said:

 

I would recommend for anyone who must have a smart phone .... this once it is made available!

 

https://www.pine64.org/pinephone/

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Allwinner A64 Quad Core SoC with Mali 400 MP2 GPU
  • 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM
  • 5.95″ LCD 1440×720, 18:9 aspect ratio (hardened glass)
  • Bootable Micro SD
  • 16GB eMMC
  • HD Digital Video Out
  • USB Type C (Power, Data and Video Out)
  • Quectel EG-25G with worldwide bands
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n, single-band, hotspot capable
  • Bluetooth: 4.0, A2DP
  • GNSS: GPS, GPS-A, GLONASS
  • Vibrator
  • RGB status LED
  • Selfie and Main camera (2/5Mpx respectively)
  • Main Camera: Single OV6540, 5MP, 1/4″, LED Flash
  • Selfie Camera: Single GC2035, 2MP, f/2.8, 1/5″
  • Sensors: accelerator, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, ambient light
  • 3 External Switches: up down and power
  • HW switches: LTE/GNSS, WiFi, Microphone, Speaker, Cameras
  • Samsung J7 form-factor 3000mAh battery
  • Case is matte black finished plastic
  • Headphone Jack

PinePhone-2.jpg

Looks good. Even better after removing the selfie camera. 

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I can second the use of ProtonMail as I have had it at as a second account for a while. It started out as a beta and there were a few issues but they've sorted most of them out now. Just make sure your password is as strong as possible which is pretty much a no-brainer anyway.

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7 minutes ago, mrbookrah said:

No. But it's only getting worst. Soon we have to scan in our fingerprints each time we Google up something. Where is our f*cking freedom? 


I guess we give up our freedom and our privacy as soon as we go “online”.

 

Perhaps @Megatron3 has the correct philosophy?.

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2 minutes ago, Heavenman said:

I guess we give up our freedom and our privacy as soon as we go “online”. 

 

People have been volunteering their personal information for ages. Anyone who signs up for FB, Twitter, on any other 'social media' app is laying open their lives for all to see. Now some enjoy this and some make money from it. But those of us who don't give a flying fuck who 'likes' us or shares what we post, avoid them like the plague.

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16 minutes ago, Sentient Being said:

I can second the use of ProtonMail as I have had it at as a second account for a while. It started out as a beta and there were a few issues but they've sorted most of them out now. Just make sure your password is as strong as possible which is pretty much a no-brainer anyway.

ProtonMail is safe, but make sure you don't access it from Chrome browser/Android devices with Google services installed. 

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1 hour ago, GarethIcke said:

I would recommend changing passwords. As far as we can see, they gained access to the admin panel, which doesn't store passwords. IPs and email addresses only. 

 

There are no bank details stored on this server, or any of our servers. 

 

To add to this, all the hackers would have been able to obtain were members email addresses and their passwords to log in to this forum.

 

Everyone should at a bare minimum change their password here, then at least the hackers can't login here with your details.

 

If you use the same email/password combination elsewhere, then you should consider changing your password for those sites too. But the hackers won't know what other sites you use, so they may not directly target those. Your email address/password combination will end up on various 'lists' though, something like this happened to me a while back.

 

'Free' email services like Gmail, Hotmail, YahooMail, even ProtonMail, come at a cost though. as you're never fully in control. Many years ago now I bought a domain name and some webhosting for my own personal email address(es). And for websites much as this one, I have another domain name, which doesn't have an email 'account' but simply forwards emails to another address, so there's little risk of this email account being 'hacked'.

 

Like with this whole coronavirus pandemic, people should be concerned and take precautions when neccessary, but be careful not to go too over the top. ?

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On 5/18/2020 at 6:29 PM, mrbookrah said:

ProtonMail is safe, but make sure you don't access it from Chrome browser/Android devices with Google services installed. 

Hiya , can I ask why? Have a great new protonmail account with a nod to my favourite ever dog in it. So it's  a nicer email address. Makes me smile when I use it :-) but was using it on edge for now. Have installed Linux mint but am learning so much am worried if change over everything I'll  forget something simple and lose everything.  

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9 minutes ago, jonesthepost said:

I’ve been trying to change my password but it keeps coming up that my current password is incorrect; any suggestions folks?

 

Well you are logged in so your current password, which you used to login, must work.

As long as your email address is a real and functional one (you need this to receive mail from the forum) .... then sign out and use the 'forgotten password' option .... which will allow you to change it!

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7 minutes ago, ink said:

 

Well you are logged in so your current password, which you used to login, must work.

As long as your email address is a real and functional one (you need this to receive mail from the forum) .... then sign out and use the 'forgotten password' option .... which will allow you to change it!

 

Yes, thanks ink; I’ve stayed logged in since the hack; I didn’t think of the logging out bit to change password; thanks. ?

 

I’ve used ProtonMail for quite a while now so pretty safe.

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"ARE WE SAFE?"

 

Arthur:  If I asked you where the hell we were, would I regret it?
Ford:     We're safe.
Arthur:  Oh good.
Ford:     We're in a small galley cabin in one of the spaceships of the Vogon Constructor Fleet.
Arthur:  Ah, this is obviously some strange use of the word safe that I wasn't previously aware of.

 

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

 

 

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35 minutes ago, oceanwave said:

"ARE WE SAFE?"

 

Arthur:  If I asked you where the hell we were, would I regret it?
Ford:     We're safe.
Arthur:  Oh good.
Ford:     We're in a small galley cabin in one of the spaceships of the Vogon Constructor Fleet.
Arthur:  Ah, this is obviously some strange use of the word safe that I wasn't previously aware of.

 

― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

 

 

...maybe we can scare off future hackers with some vegan poetry. ?

 

 

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On 5/18/2020 at 5:51 PM, GarethIcke said:

I would recommend changing passwords. As far as we can see, they gained access to the admin panel, which doesn't store passwords. IPs and email addresses only. 

 

There are no bank details stored on this server, or any of our servers. 

 Gareth WTF mate. You dont know me but I'm a long time poster who admires your dad.

 

One question which might be difficult to answer.

 

But why the fuck are we not back up and running at full capacity?

 

We can help out if money is the issue.

 

You should be full aware by now that this place has been targeted cos we speaking truth bombs and passing them on.

 

We need to get back as soon as fucking possible mate.

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Kala Namak ".maybe we can scare off future hackers with some vegan poetry. "

 

 

 

 

thoroughly enjoyed this poem, pretty impressive

 

still, bacon butties from organically grass fed, free roaming pigs, is delicious

 

oink, oink!

 

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6 minutes ago, oceanwave said:

thoroughly enjoyed this poem, pretty impressive

 

still, bacon butties from organically grass fed, free roaming pigs, is delicious

 

oink, oink!

No comment. I'll save my response for an appropriate thread in the future new fangled secure forum most likely appended to the end of Golden Retrievers "Vegan Agenda" thread.

Poem was alright...a bit too much explanation at the end, would have preferred the "pome" (American pronunciation) by itself. 

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