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About savannahjan

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  • Birthday 10/08/1954

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    Alabama
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    Birdwatching, couponing, cooking, crafts, and the greatest game of all time, Zoo Tycoon

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  1. Phoenix Skins 2

    We have a new default skin today, a nice purple one. This should do well until it's time for the seasonal changes. As always, please report problems or bugs. Enjoy!
  2. New Information regarding the site - everyone please read

    Members, just a gentle reminder to please go into your profile and change your display name. We might not know who you are if you change avatars. Thanks!
  3. Phoenix Skins 2

    Yes, please dear Fern. I found a lot of them, maybe I got them from you at some point, on a CD of old stuff. The one on the Autumn skin came from there; it's one Crazy Turtle made when we were 'Evolved'. I've added the few more free skins I could find and Cricket and I are working on them.
  4. Starting to feel a little more comfortable rambling around in this new forum version.

  5. Phoenix Skins 2

    We are now using the very newest version of IPB, so there are not a lot of skins available. Well, there are quite a few available, but only a few FREE ones. I'm working to get some uploaded. The Autumn skin is only really Autumn because of the banner. If you click on the paintbrush on the end in the header, you can choose your accent color; a nice feature. I'm with lil' Cricket.... it's never the wrong time for Autumn!
  6. New Information regarding the site - everyone please read

    Update time. The board software upgrade was completed without any problems. As far as we can tell, everything was transferred safely to the new version. If you discover anything missing, please post here. I spoke at length today with the Site Lock associate who has been working with me. He is such a really nice guy and very patient with a clueless old lady. Today, they submitted a request to Google to please rescan our site to see if the security issue has been addressed with the upgrade overwrite. It will take a few days to receive a reply. Let's all cross our fingers that the problem has been resolved.... for now. We still need to enhance our site security, which like everything else these days, will cost money. We have received two donations, but will need a good bit more to pay for this protection. Please give what you can. In the mean time, Cricket and I are working to make things look a little more familiar in here.
  7. New Information regarding the site - everyone please read

    Thanks Cricket! Girl got skills! The security company who works with Hostgator is Site Lock. If we can raise $150, we can get protection that includes regular scans, identification of any viruses or malware, and removal. It also offers some lockout mechanisms that will keep bots from poking around. We have received around $60 toward our goal. If several members make a very small donation, it will quickly add up to get this protection up and running.
  8. New Information regarding the site - everyone please read

    Wow, totally weird in here! First, we should not lose any data, either text or images, downloads, post count; everything should still be here. The one issue I anticipate is people not being able to log in. We had to choose between display name and log in name, so I picked the one that IPB recommended. Some people use different names for these field, so folks might not be able to log in as usual. We have to contact Google and ask them to rescan to see if the malware or whatever the issue was, has been resolved. I have to go out to a special Google area for site webmasters, fill out some forms and ask for an immediate rescan. I'll do that later this evening when I get back home. And dear Pukkie, I know it is a little distressing, but hang on.... Cricket and I will be rebuilding our 'atmosphere' and "ambience' over the next little while. Please members, please continue to post and chat and be active; it will help Cricket and I as we work diligently behind the scenes.
  9. New Information regarding the site - everyone please read

    We are in the que for tomorrow, no time could be given. I'm taking a stroll through the skins one more time....just to say goodbye.
  10. New Information regarding the site - everyone please read

    The new version of IPB is very different from the one we are using now, more app driven. We can no longer keep both username and disiplay names, or more practically, display names and log in names. Both have to be the same. IPB has recommended we keep our display names, which will now also become the name used to log in. The 'Friends' format has been changed to 'Followers', who would receive notifications of any activity of a former 'Friend'. The current 'Friend' info will NOT be converted into 'Followers', as many of our members are no longer active. Once the upgrade is complete, anyone can add 'Followers' as they wish. I also was informed today that this will be the last time that IPB will perform a software version upgrade for us; if we need to upgrade in the future, and we most certainly will, we will have to either figure it out ourselves, or pay someone to do the upgrade for us. UGH. More back and forth, still no time designated for blastoff.
  11. New Information regarding the site - everyone please read

    I've been working with Invision, preparing to upgrade the site. It will only take an hour or two, so we won't experience much down ttime. I'm awaiting final word from the Invision rep as to when they will take Tek offline. You will definitely know when it has been completed, as all our custom skins, users on line and global announcement will be gone. After the upgrade is completed, it may take some time to assess if the rewrite successfully removed the malware, and even longer to persuade Google to remove the warning. In other words....stay in the buggy, baby.
  12. New Information regarding the site - everyone please read

    Since we have a license for our Download ap, it should not be affected during the upgrade. I spoke again with Hostgator today and was told that it is definitely some form of malware. I have discussed the upgrade with Invision, and they will get back to me with a scheduled date. Today, I accessed the site using Google Chrome and did not get a warning. This is very curious, since the upgrade, no any security measures, have yet to be implemented. I am asking all members to try to visit Tek using every browser you have and report here if and when you get a warning message.
  13. New Information regarding the site - everyone please read

    We have received a generous donation. Thank you sincerely for your support. We are on our way to purchasing a new security package for out site.
  14. This is a repost regarding security at Tek. I've had a long discussion with SiteLock, an internet security company who partners with our server, Hostgator, to provide a base level of site protection. Basically all this covers is a minimal scan for malware and other malicious software. It has been determined that there is malware on the site, of unknown origin, but could have come from various sources. The most obvious source is, unfortunately, us. Every time we attach an image to the site, it could have something attached or imbedded in it, most likely in images. If a member has adequate virus and malware protection on their personal computer, it is unlikely that the image would escape detection before it is uploaded by the user to Tek. However, that is the likely source. Another possible source are bots, which randomly troll the site. Whatever the origin, we've got something within the site that has caused our site to be flagged. There are some things we can do to get rid of the problem and then protect it from happening again. This will not be free. For SiteLock to upgrade our account services to include deep scans with intrusion removal, the charge is an additional $15 per month, or $150 if paid for a full year. Let me be clear with everyone; our site is NOT deceptive, we don't sell anything and we don't share any info or personal data Currently, we only have enough donated funds to cover our next server payment, due in September. We will have a considerably larger payment due in early December for server plus domain name license plus IPB board software license. I must tell you honestly that I cannot possibly afford to pay for these services myself. Tek depends on the generosity of our members, and we do have a few who give generously every year. It is so deeply appreciated. However, if we are going to keep the site going and also keep it safe, more of our members are going to have to pitch in with at least a small donation. I HATE begging for money, it is embarassing and distressing and makes me really uncomfortable. Upgrading our security is no longer optional. Our first step will be to upgrade the board software, which is now obsolete and no longer supported by Invision. The upgrade will take only a few hours and since we have kept our license current, it will not cost us anything. However, we will lose all of our add-ons, such as the global announcement, our members online today feature and all our custom skins. Hopefully, we can add some of these features back in if they are available for the newer version of the software. It is possible that the complete rewrite of the board will remove any malicious code that has been hijacked in. However, if it is hiding in some attachment, the malware will still be there. Step two will be to petition Google, who is the instigator of all this, to remove the caution from Tek. They may or may not choose to take us off the 'deceptive' list. If we do not proceed to Step three, which is to add additional security to the site, even if we fix the problem temporarily with a software upgrade, it can happen again.
  15. ATTENTION ALL MEMBERS

    UPDATE: I've had a long discussion with SiteLock, an internet security company who partners with our server, Hostgator, to provide a base level of site protection. Basically all this covers is a minimal scan for malware and other malicious software. It has been determined that there is malware on the site, of unknown origin, but could have come from various sources. The most obvious source is, unfortunately, us. Every time we attach an image to the site, it could have something attached or imbedded in it, most likely in images. If a member has adequate virus and malware protection on their personal computer, it is unlikely that the image would escape detection before it is uploaded by the user to Tek. However, that is the likely source. Another possible source are bots, which randomly troll the site. Whatever the origin, we've got something within the site that has caused our site to be flagged. There are some things we can do to get rid of the problem and then protect it from happening again. This will not be free. For SiteLock to upgrade our account services to include deep scans with intrusion removal, the charge is an additional $15 per month, or $150 if paid for a full year. Let me be clear with everyone; our site is NOT deceptive, we don't sell anything and we don't share any info or personal data Currently, we only have enough donated funds to cover our next server payment, due in September. We will have a considerably larger payment due in early December for server plus domain name license plus IPB board software license. I must tell you honestly that I cannot possibly afford to pay for these services myself. Tek depends on the generosity of our members, and we do have a few who give generously every year. It is so deeply appreciated. However, if we are going to keep the site going and also keep it safe, more of our members are going to have to pitch in with at least a small donation. I HATE begging for money, it is embarassing and distressing and makes me really uncomfortable. Upgrading our security is no longer optional. Our first step will be to upgrade the board software, which is now obsolete and no longer supported by Invision. The upgrade will take only a few hours and since we have kept our license current, it will not cost us anything. However, we will lose all of our add-ons, such as the global announcement, our members online today feature and all our custom skins. Hopefully, we can add some of these features back in if they are available for the newer version of the software. It is possible that the complete rewrite of the board will remove any malicious code that has been hijacked in. However, if it is hiding in some attachment, the malware will still be there. Step two will be to petition Google, who is the instigator of all this, to remove the caution from Tek. They may or may not choose to take us off the 'deceptive' list. If we do not proceed to Step three, which is to add additional security to the site, even if we fix the problem temporarily with a software upgrade, it can happen again.
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