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1  Shipspotters all over the world / Shipping News and information / Re: Concrete Ships in BC: The Powell River Floating Breakwater on: September 17, 2018, 01:30:10 pm
Vlad,

Your upcoming West Coast Canada trip sounds very interesting. Powell River about a 5 hr drive from Vancouver via "Sunshine" Coast Highway. Never travelled it but I understand it's well worth the drive. Especially on a "sunny" day      :-)
Looking forward to seeing uploads from your Canadian visit.

Andre

PS: Living on the East Coast I manage to get out to Vancouver only a couple of times a year (next planned trip mid December).
2  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: August 09, 2018, 02:50:19 pm
David,
Thank you for the https update. Reading  earlier comments it is my understanding this transition involves a lengthy process. 
Does site have a target date when  encryption feature might be installed ? In an earlier comment Henrik mentioned “soon” and I am wondering if the current malware problem and https are being dealt with in concert or, is malware issue being handled  separately?   Can you advise if there is a patch/fix dealing with this particular issue in the works ?
Thanks in advance....
andre

3  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: July 20, 2018, 01:58:51 am
Has a time line been established regarding move to https? Also, what is the status re malware issue ?
4  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Ken Smith, President Emeritus on: July 05, 2018, 04:01:59 pm
My condolences to the Smith family at this difficult time.
5  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: July 01, 2018, 02:35:07 pm
I couldn’t agree more with oldkayaker.  However, after a tech shop visit thought I would reluctantly
try the “exclusion” route. While that allowed me to view SS homepage I could not log on to site.
That tells me malwarebytes is doing its job. Strangely enough, the pop up screen read “website blocked
due to a hijacker”..***
For whatever efforts Henrik putting in to cleaning  up this site, the malware attached is managing to stay one
step ahead of those efforts.
In reference to David’s (davidships) reply of June 24 (reply #114), I share his views (in bold print), as well
as the frustration Webmasters must be experiencing at this time.
Fifteen months ago site tech indicated a transition to “https” was forthcoming. I can understand and appreciate
what a huge job that entails. Now, more than a year on, I am wondering what progress has been made and if
an end date established..?


***A hijacker is a type of malware that modifies a web’s browser’s settings without users permission
     usually to inject unwanted ads into the browser or redirect to scam sites.

6  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 30, 2018, 01:20:42 am
Visited local tech shop earlier today (June 29) to try and get a better understanding of the
current problem that has plagued this site since June 5.  My tech guy confirmed both malwarebytes and Norton programs  “running on all 12 cylinders”, so we drilled into malwarebytes program and in the exclusions section added Shipspotting site. Unlike previous attempts I can now access
Site home page on PC, however, when trying to “log on” to upload photos or open forum page, the Malwarebytes program kicks in and blocks me
from further access within site.... Huh
As legitimate as this sites’ current software program may be (without https), reading what some of the other members are reporting to date, isuggests to me there still contains loopholes or vulnerabilities that can be exploited rendering site unsafe... Huh
And yet, I notice other members uploading on a regular basis. It makes me wonder, what have they done to circumvent issue
that  I can’t seem to do (in order to access site to upload etc...) Huh
As indicated above, even managing exclusions in malwarebytes does not seem to work.
Don’t know what more I can to do to get around this issue.
(Will go back to the shop again next week and try something different).
In the meantime I am asking again, has a time line been established as to when site moving over to https...?
Or provide update as to when site expect to clean out malware.
Regards.....
andre
7  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Ken Smith, President Emeritus on: June 29, 2018, 11:29:55 pm
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
8  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 25, 2018, 04:19:58 pm
I tried logging onto site today (13:00 hrs - Eastern Canada) and “same old / same old”..!
Bjorn and Henrik’s suggestions are merely “bandaid” jobs and do not fix the problem.
To manage exclusions in malwarebytes (removing block) is risky in my opinion, leaving the user vulnerable.
To say  “we try to have malwarebytes to remove the block” is not very reassuring. There are too many “if’s” to contend with.
More than a year ago under a different title (Shipspotting “not a secure site”)  site security  issues were addressed.
At the time (March 22, 2017) technical management indicated site in process of “moving over to https as with most other websites are”.
“But due to the size and functionality we provide it’s a big job to do”.
As I’ve indicated in earlier comments I appreciate the efforts and long hours entire Shipspotting team put into ensuring site runs smoothly.
In view of the current difficulties site experiencing, I am wondering what the time line is for site to move to “https”...?
Best regards to all....
andre
9  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 21, 2018, 12:32:44 am
I tried again this evening June 20th, (8:45 pm-Eastern Canada) to log on site and malwarebytes still blocking access which suggests to me this site continues to be unsafe and not secure. Since this topic began more than 2 weeks ago there have been more than 5,000 “reads”  registered.  Of the vast membership roster approximately 50 have posted a reply expressing concern one way or another. I noticed some  members continue to upload freely, presumably ignoring warnings or simply managing exclusions circumventing those Norton/Malwarebytes warnings. Others, have chosen to refrain from uploading for  the time being. And still  others have chosen to remain silent altogether (in expressing their concern).
There is another topic in the forum dealing with site security which aired  awhile back (could not find after cursory search). Perhaps the two are not related? However, given the scope of current problem, there is, (to me anyway), something nefarious hiding somewhere in the Shipspotting site designed to cause harm and/or disruption.
For all of Henrik’s efforts and hard work put into rectifying this problem so far, there yet appears to be a fix shoring up any/all  “loose ends”.
In terms of providing a so called “secure” and “safe” site, what is it that MarineTraffic and the others are doing that Shipspotting isn’t.....?
I’m no techie but they’ve  evidently incorporated certain levels/layers of (security) software thus avoiding what this site is currently experiencing.
I believe with proper (security) enhancements Shipspotting can continue to be a premium site with quality features enjoyed by many shipping enthusiasts.
I like this site’s format, the interaction (comments) of/with other members. It’s design makes site easy to navigate etc.
I know the Webmasters, Admins, Henrik, etc., put in  long hours to keep site runnIng smoothly, providing  (to quote what is under the mast head).....“best ship information”.  Their efforts are very much appreciated.
With all the attention currently focused  on Henrik to get site back on track (for everyone), I’m sure it is glitch is  frustrating for all concerned.
I’m hoping the Shipspotting team will get through this sooner than later.
Looking forward to uploading again in the not  too distant future.
Best regards to all,
andre
10  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 15, 2018, 11:05:27 pm
After reading Derek’s comment (on my iPhone), I restarted PC and tried  accessing Shipspotting. Malwarebytes program still blocking site  Huh
I did this twice. At 6PM and again at 8 PM (Saint John-Canada) time.
11  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 14, 2018, 10:48:06 am
Tried accessing site at 7:45am today (June 14) and still blocked.
As previously reported ...
Saint John -Canada
Malwarebytes premium
Microsoft edge
Windows 10
12  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 14, 2018, 01:06:03 am
Earlier this evening (Eastern Canada) I tried accessing Shipspotting on PC and malwarebytes (premium) program still blocking site.
Checked settings per Henrik suggestion and nothing seems out of synch in regards to program performing what it’s supposed to do.
All the right toggles switched to “on” position. i.e. malwarebytes starts at Windows (10) start up. Automatic check for updates/scans. Real-time protection. Web protection:Prevents connections to malicious or compromised sites, etc. Of all the business and shipping sites frequented (Marine Traffic/Fleetmon/vesseltracker etc.,), just to name a few, plus a host of ports in Canada and other parts of the world,  Shipspotting is the only site In my entire collection of apps that I cannot access.  According to malware program site is still compromised.  Huh
I hope in due course Henrik can confirm site is indeed clear and safe to navigate.
13  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 12, 2018, 07:56:36 pm
Henrik....
Thank you for your reply and link. I drilled further into my settings and initiated cumulative updates for (1) windows 10 Version 1893 for x64 and (2) windows malicious software removal tool and (3) security update for Adobe flash player for windows 10 version 1803 for x64.  Still cannot access Shipspotting site. When I click on malwarebytes pop up screen “I want to continue to this site anyway” a drop down screen appears saying “you may be putting your online safety and system at risk by visiting this site”. Due to other confidential programs (sites) that I frequent, I am reluctant to add SS site to exclusions in malwarebytes program since an item (site) when excluded, is omitted from future scans and protection events. Doing so I fear jeopardizing other business sites that I frequent.
When I see other members freely uploading photos, I am at a loss as to why, in spite of what I’ve done to enhance security on my PC, still have my malwarebytes (premium) program blocking Shipspotting site....  Huh
I also checked my Norton security program and all protection aspects  updated (regularly).
Brgds.....
andré
14  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 11, 2018, 05:46:18 pm
Earlier today Microsoft completed a lengthy upgrade to their Windows 10. For whatever reason I thought it might impact positively in helping resolve current issue I am experiencing from my side. However, tried  logging in SS site after upgrade and the malwarebytes (premium) program still blocking site... Huh Not being a techie I was hesitant continuing so I backed out.  Since this issue site related not sure what more IT (Henrick) can do from his side to get everyone back on board again (securely)...?

(Sent from iPhone @14:45hrs EST- Canada)
15  Shipspotters all over the world / Site related news, functions and modules / Re: Is there a site problem? on: June 11, 2018, 12:44:44 am
Hendrik,
Many thanks for your efforts in trying to resolve this security issue.

This coming from Eastern Canada (Saint John)
My PC running windows 10 / Microsoft edge

Tried accessing site this evening and I’m still getting malwarebytes pop up screen now reading WEBSITE BLOCKED DUE TO RISKWARE. Then it goes on to describe riskware with option to “continue to this site anyway”. In the malwarebytes pop up screen it contains following information.
DOMAIN: www.shipspotting.com
IP ADDRESS: 185.32.10.34
PORT: 50189
TYPE: outbound
FILE: c:\windows\systems\apps\microsoft.microsoft\edge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\microsoftedgeCP.exe

Questions comes to mind ......
(1) if I ignore pop up screen and continue to site, am I vulnerable to loopholes in system that can be exploited by hackers, putting my entire PC network at risk...?
(2) would deleting site and reinstalling on PC home screen help fix my situation?

Brgds....
andre


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