Captcha

Discussion in 'Bugs & Feedback' started by Bmblbzzz, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

    I had a Captcha pop up on here yesterday. Just clicked on a new thread and up it popped. Said due to unusual activity on my ISP, I needed to click the box to prove I'm not a robot. I ignored it at first but when I later looked at the forum again, on a different machine in a different place, the same Captcha appeared. So I clicked it and nothing bad seems to have happened. I've no idea what "unusual activity" might have been detected. What's going on?
  2. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I had the same yesterday. I opened several threads in different tabs at the same time and I wondered if that was what had caused it.
  3. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    That sounds a bit odd, thanks for raising it guys, I’ll take a look when I get home tonight
  4. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

  5. Michael_x

    Michael_x Ultralighter

    Captcha here too, yesterday evening. Since I use a vpn I'm used to seeing them occasionally on other sites so I just rolled my eyes hoping that it wasn't going to be a regular thing.
  6. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I had the same last night. It looked like the captcha was used as a gatekeeper to prevent DDoS attacks. Cloudflare which is a company specialising to protect websites uses the same. The protection kicks in usually when using a VPN (at least so it seems) or if one is refreshing/being very active on a website, as either can be interpreted as an attack.
  7. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Me too. I changed browser for a while.

    The issue I'm having (since last week) is I get logged out every few minutes and have to log back in. Tedious.
    It might however be because I havn't updated the browser. :oops:.
  8. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    Same here with the captcha yesterday. It's not a big issue and there was nothing else unusual.
  9. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    It only happened to me when I clicked on a post Diddi had made.
  10. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    All clear on duckduckgo....
    .
    :eek: it wasn't me .......:)
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  11. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    It was your link lol
    It didn't do it when I tried again after reading this thread :wacky:
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  12. tja

    tja Backpacker

    Hmm, I got a captcha right now on the stove efficiency thread, after visiting the shaving thread which did not show the usual formatting.
  13. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I had them again today. One of them (the shaving thread) wouldn't redirect me no matter how many times I clicked. Then it started sending me the picture screens to identify, but even then it wouldn't let me through. I could access the thread by going through the new posts page again, though.
  14. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Never had a problem on duckduckgo until i installed Chrome to see if it would happen to me.
    Captcha was on Chrome then it went and gave me problems on duckduckgo until I deleted Chrome again.:confused:
    Just thought I'd let you know.
  15. Bmblbzzz

    Bmblbzzz Ultralighter

    Not using Chrome here; Opera.
  16. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    It looks as though something has been applied to the server rather than the forum interface, if you can bear with me I'll try and get it resolved asap
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  17. tja

    tja Backpacker

    Firefox here and Safari
  18. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I don't think it's even applied to the server but the cloud (server group) front end that handles load balancing and firewall. I don't know where you host the service, but these solutions are usually applied to cover all the customers' services and not individual servers/customers.
  19. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Anything beyond what I have access to I class as “server” :)

    But yeah it’s probably the host services
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  20. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Yup, but just flag the hosting company that you're having slight issues with your clients and maybe they can tweak the sensitivity a bit. Mostly number of click/links accessed within a set time frame or IP range filters used.
  21. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

    I believe you have nailed it: whatever new security layer was added did not anticipate the rabid clicking of deals worth going for, new gear worth trying and shiny new toys worth buying that we indulge in. ;)
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  22. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Just now....
    Screenshot_20200109_202217_com.android.chrome.jpg
  23. Charlie83

    Charlie83 Section Hiker

    Same as above

    Funny enough I had a similar problem with the Adidas site earlier today
  24. Nigelp

    Nigelp Ultralighter

    Never seen that on any website - ever! Probably get about 100 now
  25. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    Gets me on the shaving thread-I reckon it's Gixers monster shaver causing havoc!

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