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    There have been a few instances of accounts being hacked with SPAM posted from them and links to spam websites inserted in profiles.

    There is no indication that the database itself has been compromised, just some individual accounts, likely with very poor passwords.

    We recommend all users ensure you have a strong password, Eg: a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.

    Any accounts which have been hacked and spam posted will be banned to prevent further spam posts.

    If your account has been banned for that reason, please raise a support ticket to advise us, so we can sort it for you.

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    It might also be worthwhile sending an email to those users telling them that they have been banned and why.
    I'm out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsemmens View Post
    It might also be worthwhile sending an email to those users telling them that they have been banned and why.
    They receive an email notification and message when they log in.
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    I'm bumping this, as there has now been several accounts hacked to post SPAM, but only a couple of members contacting us via a support ticket so they can be un-banned.

    It's worthwhile for all members to change their password to one with a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters.
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    How to change your password.

    On the toolbar at the top of the screen click on Forum Actions > Edit Profile

    That will take you to this page:


    If your account has been banned, you will not be able to access the page and need to follow the instructions to contact us by raising a support ticket.


    If you have been banned DO NOT register a new account, (multiple accounts are not permitted and registering another account will complicate things) just contact us to sort out the ban.
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    Sadly abc123 just does not work in this day and age. Although all passwords here are encrypted, hackers can try brute force software. Abc123 and the like will be hacked in 10 seconds. G3y%8325$WzB would take 100 years or so.

    I moved on to a password manager a couple of years ago as many websites will now only allow complicated passwords such as the example I just posted.
    They are of course impossible to remember, which is why you need a password manager. Some are free, some are paid. If you are a Google/Gmail user, there is an option in your Google settings if you want a free option.

    While having your account hacked because of abc123 passwords here wont get hackers much as we don't really have any of your information, the same cant be said for some other sites that may have your name, address, DOB, licence number etc and more.
    If you are using poor passwords, I urge you to Google "Password Manager" and find something to manage your passwords with.

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