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RichM

CloudFlare browser checks

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Hi

 

Due to an increase of spam bots targeting areas of the site, we have increased the security level via the reverse proxy we use. (CloudFlare) This means users are more likely to encounter a periodic browser check page shown by CloudFlare before being automatically redirected to whichever page they wish to view. I just wanted to make people aware of this and to point out that this is nothing to be alarmed about. We are committed to do everything we can to prevent attacks of this nature.

 

Thank you

 

RichM

 

 

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2 hours ago, Ray T said:

Many thanks for your work on the site.

Indeed, and thanks too for the warning.

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What does a periodic CloudFlare browser check look like to us uninitiates,  and do we have to go and make tea whilst they are busy?

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Just now, matty40s said:

What does a periodic CloudFlare browser check look like to us uninitiates,  and do we have to go and make tea whilst they are busy?

Sounds like a good excuse to me but yeah, cloudflare sounds very dramatic will we be disappointed or not

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34 minutes ago, matty40s said:

What does a periodic CloudFlare browser check look like to us uninitiates,  and do we have to go and make tea whilst they are busy?

You will see a page like below, briefly. It essentially performs checks to ensure those accessing the site are not a bot looking to spam or carry out denial of service attacks on us, the latter is a rare occurrence but is by all means possible. Rarely, if it suspects you to be a bot or otherwise a potential threat, it will ask you to complete a basic challenge to ensure you're a real being. (reCAPTCHA)
 

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9 minutes ago, rusty69 said:

Could it not be changed for this:

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Haha I like that idea, but I'm not sure Daniel will approve. :)

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I got one earlier. It said I would be forwarded to the correct page in a few moments and I was. So a non-issue really from a user's perspective. But if keeps the bots at bay, all to the good.

Edited by David Mack

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