Monday, November 14, 2011

ISP Maintenance

Our web hosting provider is having some maintenance which could affect all services 11pm-3am Eastern:

MAINTENANCE WINDOW: Wednesday 16th November 2011 12:00AM - 04:00AM CST
PURPOSE OF WORK: Network Provider Maintenance
IMPACT OF WORK: Suboptimal routing to all hosting services, though no loss of connectivity is expected as redundant links will be utilized.
MAINTENANCE DESCRIPTION: Our network provider has provided the following details,

Our upstream provider, Suddenlink, will be performing hardware maintenance.

During this window, we will shut down the connection to Suddenlink and will bring it back online once their work is completed. This may result in two brief periods ( approximately one minute) of suboptimal routing as routes reconverge on the network. The remaining providers in our architecture will remain up, reducing impact.

Please accept on sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

New Facebook Sharing

With all the changes to Facebook limiting profile boxes, we're moving over to use the web sharing part of Facebook to post campaign and tracker images in your Facebook page or group:

On the Edit View page under your campaign, click the Share your campaign on Facebook link:

Add a comment and select where the fundraising campaign will be posted:



The post appears in your wall and others news feeds:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Facebook Donations Tracker Updated

We've upgraded our Facebook app to the latest version with support for https views and the new login procedure (for those having trouble loging in). It's looking like Facebook has quietly dropped tabs from user profiles, leaving the only place to show application content on group pages. Long gone are the wall boxes of your profile which were taken away with a previous update.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Security updates

We've been busy rolling out some new updates including some security enhancements - no passwords are stored on our site or emailed to users. We are using a neat hashing system which includes a per-user salt and purposely introduced collisions to make recovering a password highly unlikely (you must now follow an email link to reset your password). With some recent media reports of other major websites having their databases hacked and leaked publicly, we decided that with a good chance a lot of our users re-use passwords for PayPal or email accounts, we should make reversing our hashes as difficult as possible - which is why we're only storing partial hashes making a brute force password guessing attack less successful. Combined with incremental timeouts for incorrect passwords, and 128 bit SSL encryption of logins, we think our secure account system is the standard all sites should strive to meet.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

PayPal tracking issues with IPN

We've received a few reports over the weekend of the Profile based IPN setting overriding the transaction based IPN notify_url which is set automatically by DonationsTracker.com.

Normally the notify_url variable passed in a buy or donate button should override any profile set IPN url. If you are having issues with Donations not tracking - you can check the PayPal History section's IPN History to see the IPN URL used for past transactions, and to correct this issue - delete any Profile IPN setting and set the IPN to off to allow the transaction based one used by DonationsTracker to function.