Have you had access or login problems recently? Was your registration request denied?
So far, we have over 530 spammer registration requests that have made it through all the security measures we have in place and had to be denied manually. That is in addition to the almost 50,000 that have been blocked automatically.
Sometimes, dealing with so many requests I err on the side of security. If you feel you’ve been unjustly denied access. Let me know and explain your interest in our small community. I’ll also need the username and email address you used for registration.
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Over the last several days there has been a large brute force attack on wordpress based websites, like this one. This has been what’s called a distributed attack meaning that while the attack may be orchestrated from a single point, it uses computers from all over the world, that have been infected with malware, to attempt a massive number of login attempts. You can read about it HERE.
It is because of threats like this that BigTreesTech has adopted several layers of defense. The first, and most powerful, layer is a check of any visitor to the site against databases of known spammers and distributors of malware. The next layer is a check of all login attempts, file accesses and any file manipulation to make sure they are legitimate. The last layer of automated protection is the question users have to answer when they log in. Even with all that automated filtering, we’ve had to deny over 200 user registration requests because of failure to respond to a simple question sent via email.
So far, the automated response has protected us from almost 23,000 attempts to register, log in, or leave comments by known spammers. Thank goodness I’ve only had to deal with about one in 100 of those personally.
FYI, if you have found yourself blocked from this or any other site on one of your computers, you might want to go and get it checked for malware. If your computer is infected and ends up being used in one of these distributed attacks, you’re IP address, or email address may end up on one of those known spammer databases I mentioned.
While this special weather statement was written for the Sacramento area, I believe it is indicative of the weather we’ve seen here on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada so far this season.
From the National Weather Service:
...A PLETHORA OF RECORDS SET IN SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA THROUGHOUT JANUARY 2014 DURING THIS HISTORIC DROUGHT... JANUARY 2014 RE-WROTE THE RECORD BOOKS IN SACRAMENTO. HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS, MANY RECORDS NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN THE CAPITAL CITY. 1. LONGEST DRY PERIOD DURING THE RAINY SEASON (NOV-MAR) FROM DEC 7, 2013 TO JAN 29, 2014, 52 DAYS. THE OLD RECORD WAS 44 DAYS FROM NOV 15, 1976 TO DEC 28, 1976 ( MEASURABLE RAIN) 2. THE THIRD DRIEST JAN IN HISTORY SINCE 1850 WITH 0.20 INCHES DATING BACK TO SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION RECORDS. 3. JAN PRECIPITATION ENDED WITH 0.20 INCHES. NORMAL IS 3.97 INCHES. THIS IS ONLY 5 PERCENT OF NORMAL. 4. JAN 2014 BROKE HIGHEST AVERAGE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE WITH 66.1 DEGREES. THE OLD RECORD WAS 62.1 DEGREES SET IN 1976. AVERAGE MONTHLY MAXIMUM ONLY 55.1 DEGREES. 5. NEW ALL-TIME RECORD HIGH FOR THE MONTH OF JAN SET ON JAN 24, 2014 OF 79 DEGREES. THE OLD RECORD WAS 74 DEGREES ON JAN 31,1976. 6. JAN 2014 BROKE THE NUMBER OF DAYS WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES OF 70 DEGREES OR HIGHER AT 7 DAYS. THE PREVIOUS RECORD WAS 6 DAYS SET IN 1976. 7. TIED THE RECORD FOR CONSECUTIVE DAYS OF HIGH TEMPERATURES AT 70 DEGREES OR HIGHER WITH 3 DAYS IN JAN FROM JAN 23, 2014 TO JAN 25 2014. PREVIOUS RECORD WAS JAN 29, 1976 TO JAN 31, 1976. 8. RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES SET ON 12 DIFFERENT DAYS IN JAN 2014 JAN 1....65 DEGREES....TIED RECORD SET IN 1887. JAN 2....66 DEGREES....BREAKS RECORD OF 65 SET IN 1940. JAN 3....66 DEGREES....BREAKS RECORD OF 64 SET IN 2012. JAN 7....65 DEGREES....TIED RECORD SET IN 2012. JAN 15...69 DEGREES....BREAKS RECORD OF 68 SET IN 2003. JAN 16...71 DEGREES....BREAKS RECORD OF 68 SET IN 1991. JAN 18...70 DEGREES....TIED RECORD SET IN 1976. JAN 20...71 DEGREES....BREAKS RECORD OF 69 SET IN 1976. JAN 23...71 DEGREES....BREAKS RECORD OF 69 SET IN 1948. JAN 24...79 DEGREES....BREAKS RECORD OF 7O SET IN 1984.(ALL-TIME)JAN JAN 25...74 DEGREES....BREAKS RECORD OF 71 SET IN 1899. JAN 28...70 DEGREES....TIED RECORD SET IN 1984. 9. EVERYDAY IN JAN 2014 THE DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE WAS ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MONTH, NORMAL HIGH RANGE IS 53 TO 57 DEGREES. JAN 2014 WAS 57 TO 79 DEGREES. 10. FINALLY, WE ARE HOPING FOR A FABULOUS FEB 2014. ALL-TIME RECORD FOR RAIN IN FEB IS 10.30 INCHES SET IN 1986.
Do not attempt to login using the password from the old forum / website. If you were a registered member on the previous incarnation of the site, then you can go to the login page, enter your username, and click the “forgot my password” link below the login dialog box. You need to do this even if you did not actually forget your password!
Assuming the email address you had used to register on the old site is still valid, you will receive an email with instructions for setting a new password (which can be the same as your old password if you like).
If you attempt to login unsuccessfully, using your old credentials, more than a few times, you will be temporarily locked out of the site, as would anyone trying to guess someone’s password over and over again.
Sorry for the inconvenience,
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