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hobbo
hobbo e2 Member 3772 forum postshobbo vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 2:21 PM

I have been a member of EPZ for circa three years?......a mature member who has learned a great deal from the galleries and posts........I like all areas of photography including the more restrained of the glamour/ Art forums..........during the last week however whilst browsing on my iPad on EPZ I have been automatically redirected to Porn sites..........This I definitely DON'T like or welcome......

QUESTION.....Has EPZ Been hacked.....or......does it originate from one of your regular Glamour posters?

I thought that iPads were immune from this kind of thing?........Strangely I get no such pop-up whilst browsing EPZ on my desktop PC......that has powerful anti spyware and anti/virus running 24-7.

Could you look into his please?..........I would like to continue to enjoy EPZ as I used to without intrusive and offensive pop- ups.

I thank you, in anticipation of an early reply.

Hobbo

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4183 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 2:30 PM

Interesting you should say that because it happened to me the other day - on my iPad. I thought my husband had been looking at such a site .... LOL! SmileSmile
Ann

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318430 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 2:31 PM


Quote: QUESTION.....Has EPZ Been hacked.....or......does it originate from one of your regular Glamour posters?

It always amazes me how when anything goes wrong it's just us who get the blame. Sad
Please add to your questions a third option
...or have I accidentally downloaded some form of virus.
Are you using Safari? First thing to try is to go and clear your cookies and dat and History from your system. Settings > Safari Privacy Clear History / Clear Cookies and Data
Let us know if that fixes it.

Last Modified By Pete at 9 Nov 2012 - 2:36 PM
JJGEE
JJGEE  96207 forum posts England18 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 2:40 PM

Is not redirection different to a pop-up ?

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318430 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 2:45 PM


Quote: Is not redirection different to a pop-up ?

redirecting takes you to a different web site. A pop up is a paid for advert that pops up. It can also be a different web site opened in a new window. Having done some quick research it seems a lot of people are experiencing this issue with ipads on all kinds of sites. Some blame Safari, some blame links that they've clicked to take them briefly to an infected site that dumps the virus, some blame jailbreaking your device, some blame adverts, some suggest as I did deleting cookies etc, some suggest changing to Chrome as the default browser. I've asked David to take a look to see if any of the adverts we've been displaying could cause the problem, that's the only connection we could have with many of the other sites with the same issues.

davidburleson
davidburleson ePHOTOzine Staff 72301 forum postsdavidburleson vcard United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 - 2:46 PM

Hi Everyone,

I can assure you that we would never display any such advertising or material on the site. Therefore we are taking this feedback very seriously and investigating to see if there is anything on our end that is causing it.

I would suggest running an up-to-date anti virus and adware scan on your device to rule out the possibility of it being something on your computer.

Last Modified By davidburleson at 9 Nov 2012 - 2:47 PM
KevSB
KevSB  101403 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 2:51 PM

Pete, not to add anymore than extra info, It happened to me also on 1 occasion, again on my iPad while on this site, at the time I did wonder what I'd accidentally pressed but as it never happened again I've ignored it and only this thread has made me remember this happening a few days ago.

Personally not blaming epz but wanted to add to the feedback to show the above are not isolated and help you investigations.

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318430 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 2:57 PM

Thanks Kev...can you recall clicking on any links and going to a site you'd not been to before? Or are all the sites known territory?

hobbo
hobbo e2 Member 3772 forum postshobbo vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 3:00 PM

To further my info.......I am using a relatively new iPad......I am guessing that the unwanted sites are redirections rather than pop-ups.

I have cleared my SAFARI browser as suggested (thanks) ........ I apologise to any of the regular glamour posters if I wrongly accused them.........but just how can my iPad be hacked but not my PC?

It is my iPad, but on occasions may be used by my grandchildren........ I don't visit porn sites and never wish to........I am hoping that a solution can be found.

I thank everyone for any additional info or advice.

Hobbo

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318430 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 3:11 PM

You don't have to visit porn sites to get a porn attack


Quote: It is my iPad, but on occasions may be used by my grandchildren

I'm not saying yours are responsible for this but kids often do not know what they can and cant click...a honest looking games site or music / video site can easily attract spammers who put links to other sites. The number of computers I've seen become riddled with viruses due to games sites...it's what the dodgy sites thrive on. Easily done "click here to see this game"...they click and the problem occurs. Hopefully the clearing of cookies will have helped.

Last Modified By Pete at 9 Nov 2012 - 3:12 PM
Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114484 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 3:20 PM

Have you got the Safari pop up blocker turned on????......By default it should be on, however.......

Simple and obvious question I know, but thought it worthwhile checking especially as some sites will ask if you want it switched off to view their content. If it was being used by someone else this may have happened and it may have been inadvertently switched off without you knowing?

Ade

KevSB
KevSB  101403 forum posts United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 3:21 PM


Quote: Thanks Kev...can you recall clicking on any links and going to a site you'd not been to before? Or are all the sites known territory?

Sorry, carnt be much help as it just seemed a little strange at the time and I thought I'd accidentally miss keyed on the iPad and just pressed back button, not happened since and been on the site lots of times. I only add the info here in case it helps form a pattern.

Does concern me a little not from the epz aspect but I was under the impression that iPads was as secure as you can get with everything coming through iTunes/I player ect.

I do suspect I pressed a link and it could be the link was compromised on there end

Last Modified By KevSB at 9 Nov 2012 - 3:22 PM
Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41174 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 3:24 PM

I have had it happen a few times on my iPad and iPhone, and since clearing my cookies etc it hasn't happened. However, it has only been a redirection from this site, usually when adding a forum post. I find it more than a coincidence that it happens on two different devices (they aren't synced either and I don't use the cloud) but only from this site, not from the many others I have used.
I have never used porn sites on either device, nor do I recall accidentally opening any advertisers from th EPZ pages, and certainly not on both iPad or phone.

If it happens again, I'll let you know.

Nick

barrovian
barrovian e2 Member 9160 forum postsbarrovian vcard United Kingdom
9 Nov 2012 - 3:37 PM

It happened to me this morning on my PC. Was waiting for EPZ to open up when redirected to something which I didn't like the look of - never got as far as seeing if it was porn. Shut down IE and started again. OK since. At the time my AV was running in the background. It has since completed and not reported anything untoward. Will now run Malaware to be on the safe side. Will report back if anything found.

CaptivePhotons
CaptivePhotons e2 Member 111515 forum postsCaptivePhotons vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Nov 2012 - 3:40 PM

It happened to me too, I think it was on my iPad but I couldn't swear I was on ePz. Try as I might I've been unable to replicate it.

Last Modified By CaptivePhotons at 9 Nov 2012 - 3:41 PM

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