We just ran a mini update to add a few really important features and changes. This is just a quick note about what they were. A full official update journal will come later.
We have a new Live Site Notice announcement system. Anyone with IB site pages open will receive an instant notice at the top of the screen if we have any extremely important messages. This message loads without you having to reload the page and it will pop up instantly any time a new critical announcement is made.
It will be used mainly when you are likely to lose work/comments (due to the site going offline) or an immediate security issue that may effect your account. It will not be used to announce regular site journals (like this one). The site notice pointing to this journal is just a test. :P
We have also added a way to restrict access to your account by an IP or IP range. This is for advanced/technically-minded users only. It is a powerful security feature that allows you to control what IP addresses are permitted to log on to your account and to make requests using your session id. This gives our site a massive boost in security. Any account protected by an IP range limit will be much much harder to compromise by password guesses, cookie theft and all the usual direct account attacks. An attacker could only perform those attacks from your allowed IP addresses. All admin/mod accounts are now protected by these IP limits.
Note that these IP ranges are not yet IPv6 compatible. Hopefully we can add that shortly!
To set up the IP access control for your account, click the Account option in the menu and choose IP Range.
Lastly we have changed (again) how Notice removal works on the Notices page. The previous method made you wait for each removal, which slowed things down if your connection wasn't superfast. Now we allow the Notices to be removed instantly from the page (like they used to) but we have a loading icon telling you that the removals haven't been saved back to the server.
That's the short story for today's updates! Full details will come later.
As always, let us know if anything goes horribly wrong. :P
Update: IP ranges are not yet IPv6 compatible. Hopefully we can add that shortly!
8 years, 11 months ago
27 Jun 2011 18:41 CEST
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