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btredeye



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 12:27 am    Post subject: Privacy? Reply with quote

Can The Optom clarify if PMs between other members are visible to adminstrators, moderators or The Optom website owner(s)?

If no, please explain how this privacy is achieved.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No.

But if admin wanted to they could access them by resetting your account password then using that to login to your account. You'd know this had occurred if you never changed any settings (and did not get banned) yet failed to login, with the error being username/password invalid.

Admin doesn't have access to passwords.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assume who ever set up the forum could logon directly to the MYSQL database and then read the comments stored as PMs if they knoew where to look?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So Boss, you don't know all those nasty things Bear and I say about you then? Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jonesal2 wrote:
I assume who ever set up the forum could logon directly to the MYSQL database and then read the comments stored as PMs if they knoew where to look?


If you know what you're doing with MySQL this should be possible, presuming you have access to the backend. PHPBB2 does not encrypt PMs on the database...
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pritesh wrote:
jonesal2 wrote:
I assume who ever set up the forum could logon directly to the MYSQL database and then read the comments stored as PMs if they knoew where to look?


If you know what you're doing with MySQL this should be possible, presuming you have access to the backend. PHPBB2 does not encrypt PMs on the database...


Is this actually written in English? Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are looking for that level of privacy then the internet is probably not for you.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Privacy? Reply with quote

btredeye wrote:
Can The Optom clarify if PMs between other members are visible to adminstrators, moderators or The Optom website owner(s)?

If no, please explain how this privacy is achieved.


What exactly are you worried about? Whats on your mind?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 1:43 am    Post subject: Re: Privacy? Reply with quote

lion wrote:
btredeye wrote:
Can The Optom clarify if PMs between other members are visible to adminstrators, moderators or The Optom website owner(s)?

If no, please explain how this privacy is achieved.


What exactly are you worried about? Whats on your mind?


Did you not read Hums's post? I've already been banned once for sneezing out of the wrong nostril, I ain't risking it again! Shocked
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ahmed_optom wrote:
If you are looking for that level of privacy then the internet is probably not for you.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was always told that typing anything on to a computer was much the same as writing it on a large piece of paper and posting it on a public notice board. I bank on having no-one being remotely interested in anything I should have to say.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fagin wrote:
I bank on having no-one being remotely interested in anything I should have to say.

Yep - I think you're on pretty safe ground there! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DG wrote:
fagin wrote:
I bank on having no-one being remotely interested in anything I should have to say.

Yep - I think you're on pretty safe ground there! Wink

Sure?
There is enormous money involved in getting details of individuals (high there! Big Brother!) filtering every hint of everyone everywhere with very few exceptions (hermits, non-media users..if they exist) eg guess who HMG sold your health data to and want to sell more of ? - all the major pharmaceuticals of the world.

The recent Bang goes the Theory got an expert to find out from a few volunteers personal info they thought non too insignificant to matter. They were rather aghast at how comprehensive a picture of any individual that can be - and was - generated.

'Course, Snowdon told us all .. I should be more paranoid ... but cannot be a*r*ed either...

[Hi there, again, BB! did I tell you that ..] Wink

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