Changing the locks

9503990066_8202f18cfc_zTL;DR version: we’re going to be emailing out new login information to everyone. This is part of migrating to a more secure login system. Expect to receive the email in the next few days.

Several weeks ago, we had some evil doers hack into various parts of our site. Thanks to having our database on its own server (and several other security measures) nothing was taken, but it did alert us to something annoying – The version of VBulletin we’re using doesn’t support the latest version of PHP.

In order to help keep things secure and take advantage of the latest versions of PHP and mysql, we’re migrating our software to use a new login system, and introducing a new chat area. The existing forums are being maintained. We’re just separating forum logins and logins to our science programs. This will allow us to upgrade the forums without worry about breaking the science logins, and allow us to expand what we can do with our science programs without being constrained by VBulletin.

We will be emailing everyone their new logins for the science apps when we have everything up and running. We’re hoping things go smoothly, but we ask for your forgiveness if there are some periodic missing features during the migration.

3 Responses to Changing the locks

  1. Phil November 6, 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    You just sent out an email to forum users with links to a chatroom. I am not sure that is intended, but you really need to communicate with “the insiders” before communicating with “the outsiders”.

    • StarStryder November 7, 2016 at 11:21 am #

      The message that went out was an accident. We’re very sorry for the spam. We’re preparing for updates and have team members in the forums explaining what’s going on today.

  2. Phil November 7, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the science programs and the BAUTforum. I even use the pod casts in the classroom.

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