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Post by alicia on May 22nd 2013, 7:06 pm

My forum is closed to new members for security reasons and no guests can access the sections of the forum. I have tested this and, when logged out, I cannot get past the registration page.

Please would someone explain to me how a recent 'guest' which was a MSN bot, showed up in the 'who is online' bit of the admin panel as being in one of the private sections of the forum when guests cannot get past the registration page. How did it get in?

This is a concern due to security for my members.

thanks for any information.
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Solved Re: Bots access to forum

Post by Sanket on May 22nd 2013, 7:09 pm

It probably is some posted link of the private section, however i don't think any content is viewable from inside those sections as long its not available for guests to view.
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Solved Re: Bots access to forum

Post by SLGray on May 22nd 2013, 7:19 pm

If you have it set up correctly, the bot only will see the log in page. The who's online page will say the page, but the bot does not see the page.


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Solved Re: Bots access to forum

Post by alicia on May 22nd 2013, 11:06 pm

Thank you for your reassurance as members have shared very private information in this section and I was worried it had been violated. thank you for your answers both of you.
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Post by SLGray on May 23rd 2013, 1:31 am

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