ArizonaShooting.com

"The #1 Resource for Shooters in Arizona!"
It is currently January 16th, 2018, 2:23 pm


All times are UTC - 7 hours


Custom Search





Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 19 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: January 27th, 2012, 4:27 pm 
Offline
AZS is my home
AZS is my home
User avatar

Joined: September 19th, 2009, 3:40 pm
Posts: 6114
I've received several questions about just how "private" private messages on the site actually are. In the interests of complete disclosure:

1. Anything you submit to this site or any other site has the potential to be viewed by unauthorized persons, site administration, the government, and etc. If you don't want it out there then don't put it out there.
2. We do not read PMs and have no access to unencrypted versions of them. There is no tool or mechanism on this site where we can read private messages without changing your password (see #4).
3. It is my understanding that private messages are encrypted on the PHPbb database. I have the encrypted database but have no way of unencrypting the messages using that method. However, it is theoretically possible.
4. I don't know your passwords, but I can change them. Any site administrator (which includes myself and a couple others) could, at any time, change your password to something new and log into your account as if we were you. This creates the potential that any private message could be read by any site administrator or person the site administrator gives the new password to. We don't do this and never will, but you should be aware of the possibility and refer to point number 1.
5. I've manually changed passwords for several people. It is hypothetically possible that I (or anyone else I've shared the password with) could log in and read your private messages. I've never done this or shared your passwords, but I encourage anyone concerned about it to change their password to something I don't know.

If you have any questions please feel free to post them in this thread.

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: January 27th, 2012, 7:00 pm 
Offline
AZS; Woohoo!
AZS; Woohoo!
User avatar

Joined: August 20th, 2009, 9:31 am
Posts: 2374
Location: _______________________________ Joined: Aug 13, 1914 _______________________________ Posts: 356,319
Good to know.....Thanks!

_________________
Messages for today:
The eagle flys at midnight, the owl flys at 02:00
The table is against the wall, the chair is against the door
Color for today is yellow, the number is 72


Nothing to see here — Carry on


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: January 27th, 2012, 8:44 pm 
Offline
AZS is my home
AZS is my home
User avatar

Joined: March 28th, 2005, 12:03 pm
Posts: 10038
Location: NW Phoenix area, AZ
I am not an administrator and don't have the ability to change passwords, so don't bother asking me to.

_________________
As the Supreme Galactic Panderer to Melanin & Lord High Apologist of Black Trash in Casablanca, I am an influential and respected man.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: January 27th, 2012, 8:49 pm 
Offline
AZS; Woohoo!
AZS; Woohoo!
User avatar

Joined: August 20th, 2009, 9:31 am
Posts: 2374
Location: _______________________________ Joined: Aug 13, 1914 _______________________________ Posts: 356,319
TimW wrote:
I am not an administrator and don't have the ability to change passwords, so don't bother asking me to.


so what good are you?................... [smilie=icon_mrgreen.gif] ................ [smilie=anim_bannana.gif]

_________________
Messages for today:
The eagle flys at midnight, the owl flys at 02:00
The table is against the wall, the chair is against the door
Color for today is yellow, the number is 72


Nothing to see here — Carry on


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: January 27th, 2012, 11:09 pm 
Offline
AZS is my home
AZS is my home
User avatar

Joined: March 28th, 2005, 12:03 pm
Posts: 10038
Location: NW Phoenix area, AZ
flash-bcr wrote:
so what good are you?................... [smilie=icon_mrgreen.gif] ................ [smilie=anim_bannana.gif]



I bring The Sexy


You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

_________________
As the Supreme Galactic Panderer to Melanin & Lord High Apologist of Black Trash in Casablanca, I am an influential and respected man.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: January 28th, 2012, 6:28 am 
Offline
AZS; Woohoo!
AZS; Woohoo!
User avatar

Joined: July 14th, 2005, 4:02 am
Posts: 2582
Location: North - Phoenix, AZ
TimW wrote:
flash-bcr wrote:
so what good are you?................... [smilie=icon_mrgreen.gif] ................ [smilie=anim_bannana.gif]



I bring The Sexy

Oh God, not Again [smilie=anim_banghead.gif]

_________________
"Peace is that brief, glorious moment in history when everybody stands around, and the smart people are reloading."


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: January 28th, 2012, 7:17 am 
Offline
AZS is my home
AZS is my home
User avatar

Joined: March 28th, 2005, 12:03 pm
Posts: 10038
Location: NW Phoenix area, AZ
"If my answers frighten you, Vincent, perhaps you should cease asking scary questions." -- Jules Winfield, Pulp Fiction

_________________
As the Supreme Galactic Panderer to Melanin & Lord High Apologist of Black Trash in Casablanca, I am an influential and respected man.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: January 28th, 2012, 7:50 am 
Offline
AZS; Woohoo!
AZS; Woohoo!
User avatar

Joined: December 7th, 2008, 11:37 pm
Posts: 1305
Now I'm scared.

_________________
Dirty Rod


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: April 26th, 2012, 12:01 pm 
Offline
AZS Regular
AZS Regular

Joined: March 2nd, 2012, 4:26 pm
Posts: 146
Location: S.E. AZ
[smilie=icon_eek.gif] and us new ones see that [smilie=icon_eek.gif]
makes you wonder what the world has come to

_________________
Enjoy life-it's the longest thing you will do


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: June 23rd, 2013, 9:58 am 
Offline
AZS Regular
AZS Regular
User avatar

Joined: November 10th, 2008, 8:41 pm
Posts: 132
Unless custom coding has been done, I'm pretty sure private messages are stored in plain text, not encrypted.

https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... &t=2126812

Even if they were encrypted (and staying within the realm the most end users can use them), the key do decrypt them would be on the server. Any technical person would be able to figure out how to decrypt them in no time.

_________________
my best friend is my magnum fourty four


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: June 23rd, 2013, 12:21 pm 
Offline
AZS; Woohoo!
AZS; Woohoo!
User avatar

Joined: March 22nd, 2005, 11:39 am
Posts: 1630
sovapid wrote:
Unless custom coding has been done, I'm pretty sure private messages are stored in plain text, not encrypted.

https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... &t=2126812

Even if they were encrypted (and staying within the realm the most end users can use them), the key do decrypt them would be on the server. Any technical person would be able to figure out how to decrypt them in no time.


Out of sheer curiosity, why did you reply to a dead thread that is well over a year old?

_________________
Please note that admin (me) and administrator (not me) are two different accounts and two different people. admin (me) is the former owner of AZS. administrator (not me) is a current owner of AZS. Please bear that in mind when contacting me.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: June 23rd, 2013, 12:39 pm 
Offline
AZS is my home
AZS is my home
User avatar

Joined: July 1st, 2008, 9:38 pm
Posts: 6095
admin wrote:
sovapid wrote:
Unless custom coding has been done, I'm pretty sure private messages are stored in plain text, not encrypted.

https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... &t=2126812

Even if they were encrypted (and staying within the realm the most end users can use them), the key do decrypt them would be on the server. Any technical person would be able to figure out how to decrypt them in no time.


Out of sheer curiosity, why did you reply to a dead thread that is well over a year old?


That's an easy answer....when we see Tim's pic, it raises some questions....Image

_________________
"Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose."~Sir Adrian


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: June 23rd, 2013, 1:45 pm 
Offline
AZS is my home
AZS is my home
User avatar

Joined: March 28th, 2005, 12:03 pm
Posts: 10038
Location: NW Phoenix area, AZ
Trailboss wrote:
That's an easy answer....when we see Tim's pic, it raises some questions....Image


Ask, and ye shall receive

Attachment:
Iherdsomething-montage.jpg


You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

_________________
As the Supreme Galactic Panderer to Melanin & Lord High Apologist of Black Trash in Casablanca, I am an influential and respected man.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: June 23rd, 2013, 2:12 pm 
Offline
AZS is my home
AZS is my home
User avatar

Joined: July 1st, 2008, 9:38 pm
Posts: 6095
TimW wrote:
Trailboss wrote:
That's an easy answer....when we see Tim's pic, it raises some questions....Image


Ask, and ye shall receive

Image


I dunno Tim, that post sent the voices in my head....

Quote:
Cold hearted orb that rules the night
Removes the colours from our sight
Red is gray and yellow, white
But we decide which is right
And which is an illusion



That ain't right...remove the bugger from my sight!


Ah...my eyes!Image

_________________
"Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose."~Sir Adrian


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Are private messages private?
New postPosted: June 23rd, 2013, 3:11 pm 
Offline
AZS; Woohoo!
AZS; Woohoo!

Joined: December 3rd, 2007, 4:43 pm
Posts: 1369
Location: Mesa
admin wrote:
sovapid wrote:
Unless custom coding has been done, I'm pretty sure private messages are stored in plain text, not encrypted.

https://www.phpbb.com/community/viewtop ... &t=2126812

Even if they were encrypted (and staying within the realm the most end users can use them), the key do decrypt them would be on the server. Any technical person would be able to figure out how to decrypt them in no time.


Out of sheer curiosity, why did you reply to a dead thread that is well over a year old?

Sounded like a good question, is it encrypted or not, as it appears default is plain text. I care little either way I flush them often.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 19 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next


All times are UTC - 7 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  


Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group