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Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby Beaver » Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:05 pm

The past two times I logged in this week it gives me this error message:

"You exceeded the maximum allowed number of login attempts. In addition to your username and password you now also have to enter the confirm code from the image you see below."

Why? I haven't been making multiple login attempts.
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby MadMind75 » Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:15 pm

Good to know I'm not the only one this has happened to. Although it didn't require me to do so just now.
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby bdog » Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:17 am

me too, just now.
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby snoqueen » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:44 am

same here
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby Galoot » Sat Jan 01, 2011 11:48 am

I'm sure it is Jason's attempt to keep the spammers out. It won't work, of course.
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby gargantua » Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:33 pm

Happened to me too. Puzzling, but I just did it. One more little Internet hassle to deal with.
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby green union terrace chair » Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:38 pm

Could be that someone harvested a bunch of forons' usernames and is trying to brute force the passwords. So there have been several failed attempts and by the time you come back to the forum, you've been logged out and your "next" attempt requires the captcha.

If the forum keeps a log of login attempts, Jason might find one IP address with an inordinate number of attempts and be able to block it, but I'm only speculating at the problem's cause and system's capabilities.
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby fennel » Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:17 pm

Beaver wrote:Why? I haven't been making multiple login attempts.
It would be good to have this fixed. Zero shouldn't be the maximum for attempted log-ins.
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby snoqueen » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:20 pm

They're ignoring us. It just happened to me again.
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby MadMind75 » Tue Jan 04, 2011 6:28 am

green union terrace chair wrote:Could be that someone harvested a bunch of forons' usernames and is trying to brute force the passwords. So there have been several failed attempts and by the time you come back to the forum, you've been logged out and your "next" attempt requires the captcha.

That's what I was afraid of.

If it's just an added security measure to keep the spammers out, I'll accept it. But if it is, then the "You exceeded the maximum allowed number of login attempts" is misleading. And making you enter in your user name and password a second time, instead of just having the captcha present on the first login attempt, is unnecessary.
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby jjoyce » Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:18 pm

We believe it's a bot that is trying to "brute force" its way in. Ain't the internet fun?

Working on making this better. It's as annoying for me as it is for you.
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby snoqueen » Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:04 pm

Has Isthmus pissed off Julian and the Wikileakers?
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby green union terrace chair » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:19 pm

jjoyce wrote:We believe it's a bot that is trying to "brute force" its way in. Ain't the internet fun?

What I said.

Working on making this better. It's as annoying for me as it is for you.

It ain't easy and it never ends. The best thing is, there's almost always some forum that has a)had the problem before and b)found a way to fix it, so all you gotta do is google google google. Good luck!
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Re: Why do I need a confirm code to login?

Postby Madsci » Wed Jan 05, 2011 1:10 pm

I must be one of the lucky unharvested ones since I haven't been asked for my confirm code whatever that is.
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