geeky computer question.

#1
I'm not the most computer literate of people so humour me.

What is the score with this logging on thing where you have to copy what appears in a box. I have come accross it a few times now. Usually they are jumbled up or distorted and I find myself pondering things like "Is that supposed to be a zero or an o? That might be a Q?" etc etc.

Of course this strange thing now happens with my arrse log in.

Can somebody satisfy my curiosity and explain (In simple terms that a technochimp like me can understand) what this is for and what it does?

Thankyou.
 
#2
It is to make sure a real person is logging-on and not a (software) robot. Helps to stop idiots crashing forums, for example, by flooding them with spurious users.
 
#3
Don't take my word for it:

I would say that it is to stop people using a computer program to automatically type in their username and password. It requires a person to read the message in the box because if you are finding it difficult to read there is no way a program will be able to do it.

Why someone one would want to auto-logon to arrse is a different question entirely.
 
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Goku

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#4
It’s a bit of extra security to help reduce/prevent the risk of trolls hacking our user accounts.

You can get hacking software that trys to guess your password, by having to enter your password and the randomly generated text, life becomes just that little bit harder for the hacker.

This new login system was brought in after BB attempted to hack my and other ARRSErs accounts.
 
#5
Death_Rowums said:
Why someone one would want to auto-logon to arrse is a different question entirely.
That's that answered then, thanks Goku.
 
#6
Tell me about it. that huge essay in the military history forum was actually written by lawstudent who had hacked my account.
 
#8
hmmm. interesting.
 
#9
Hi Lairdx,
I, too, have a bit of trouble reading the code, because I've got a small screen. But what I've found helps (because the numbers are clear enough) is knowing the letters only go from "a" to "f" alphabetically, so it's reasonably easy to recognise the letter's shape from a limited choice.
 
#10
Goku said:
If you’re interested, this is the thread that brought about the new password system.
Very informative, I had wondered why we now had Yannie as Doctrine.
 
#11
I thought it was to stop people who were trolleyed from logging in and posting complete shite - as in you would have to hold one hand over your eye and squint at the screen to try and see the code, and type it in without f ucking it up or spilling your wine.

Fortunately, I just stay logged in all the time, so I don't have that problem.
 
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Goku

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#12
Dale the snail said:
I thought it was to stop people who were trolleyed from logging in and posting complete shite - as in you would have to hold one hand over your eye and squint at the screen to try and see the code, and type it in without f ucking it up or spilling your wine.

Fortunately, I just stay logged in all the time, so I don't have that problem.
Time for plan B then :D
 
#13
Dale the snail said:
I thought it was to stop people who were trolleyed from logging in and posting complete shite - as in you would have to hold one hand over your eye and squint at the screen to try and see the code, and type it in without f ucking it up or spilling your wine.
Ohhhhhhh how I wish there was such a mechanism!!!!!!!!! And if that is the purpose of the code ....... ohhhhh ........ if only it worked!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
#14
bovvyblonde said:
Hi Lairdx,
I, too, have a bit of trouble reading the code, because I've got a small screen. But what I've found helps (because the numbers are clear enough) is knowing the letters only go from "a" to "f" alphabetically, so it's reasonably easy to recognise the letter's shape from a limited choice.
I don't have trouble reading them on this site. On other sites where the characters are distorted though sometimes it's hard.
 
#15
Lairdx, hope you don't mind me using your thread but I figure this doesn't warrant its own.

Can any Technophiles out there tell me about the "Live Bookmark" function on Firefox. I don't quite get what it does. If I live bookmark the Arrse site index, will it autoupdate the content periodically without me refreshing the page. I know Good CO set up an RSS feed for the site, is this what would be used and how would it work?

Cheers

CW
 
#17
Cheers Trevelez, I already do that on my own computer. I was just wondering what the live bookmark does and whether it could save me doing the exhausting :D task of refreshing the page after I've left it for a while.

CW
 
#18
custard_war said:
Cheers Trevelez, I already do that on my own computer. I was just wondering what the live bookmark does and whether it could save me doing the exhausting :D task of refreshing the page after I've left it for a while.

CW
Told you I knew bugger all :D Here's me hitting the refresh icon!
 
#19
Hi,

The Firefox Live Bookmark will do this :-
(Add it to your Bookmarks Toolbar Folder by clicking the symbol ringed in RED)



Or you could install the ARRSE Toolbar which will do this :-




TTFN

BFG
 
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