The Great Purge

  • We've gotten t.me/kiwifarms set up for downtime announcements since Twitter doesn't allow us to have one.

Null

Ooperator
kiwifarms.net
Joined
Nov 14, 2012
After the site went down I had trepidation handing it off to other people because of a great deal of user data stored. Specifically, email addresses and history of profile changes (including emails). Less significantly, IP history had also been recorded for years. This information was used to snipe banned users when the site was smaller Now, our methodology of dealing with banned users has changed, and the threat of lunatics and the state of political oppression is such that I do not feel comfortable having it. I do not want to know who you are.

I have changed server settings to destroy IP information and user change history every night. I have already destroyed all extant records and backups of that information.

I will be sending an email to users registered with .edu and .gov (yes, really) email addresses informing them to change them. If they do not change their addresses this month, I will unset them and deactivate their accounts. If you want to change your email address regardless, now would be an appropriate time to do so.

I am also in the process of removing Steam integration. If you have Steam integration, deactivate it here. If you only use Steam integration, please add an email address to your account so that you do not lose it when I remove the add-on.


What should I do for email?

If you search your email address used on your Kiwi Farms account and get hits to your personal identity, I suggest you change it now.

We block ton of shitty 10 minute mail services because they're used by spammers and raiders. I do want to keep in touch if something happens. Here are suggested alternatives if you have an email address attached to your real identity.

https://cock.li/ (VC hosts this, great guy)
https://lolcow.email/ (I host this)
https://gmail.com/ (just make a new account, dummy)

No matter what option you go with, it is trivial to set up your email account to pull email from your temporary address and reply with your alias.

If you're using gmail, go here to set up your import and alias.
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#settings/accounts

Import settings
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Send as settings
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Different hosts use different ports and address configurations.

https://cock.li/server
https://lolcow.email/server-details
https://support.google.com/a/answer/176600?hl=en

Importing mail and sending mail via an alias does not earnote the email with your gmail account. Sent mail can probably be traced by governments but for the purposes of this website it's sufficiently safe.


What should I do for IP addresses?

IP addresses are a lot less dangerous to your identity than Computer Science 4 students would have you believe, but it can reveal your general location. In general it's a good idea to have a VPN because they're cheap as fuck.

I recommend Private Internet Access. I've tried a few others (namely Tunnelbear and HideMyAss) but they're not as stable and keep logs. PIA has installers for Windows/Mac/mobile devices/even Ubuntu so it's pretty kick ass. They do not record access logs so everything they do is unmetered and unmonitored. They pulled nodes in the Russian Federation last year due to legislation requiring VPNs to keep logs.

https://www.privateinternetaccess.com
(and yes, I get kickbacks if you join with this link, though I actually use their shit.)

I am debating increasing our support for the Tor network.



We have not been served any secret court orders and are not under any gag orders. I just like ya a lot.

 
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Replicant Sasquatch

Do Lolcows Dream of Electric Hedgehog Pokemon?
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Dec 24, 2015
Will @gmx.com remain an "approved" email service or is that being sent to the spambot list?
 

Replicant Sasquatch

Do Lolcows Dream of Electric Hedgehog Pokemon?
kiwifarms.net
Joined
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Cishet dudebro
True & Honest Fan
kiwifarms.net
Joined
Mar 26, 2013
I'm glad to see that Null is taking the right steps toward protecting all of the userbase incase of a database leak. Especially since there have been individuals out there that have attempted to grab user data from here. I already changed my email address on here recently as a precaution. (no it wasn't gov/edu)
 

Null

Ooperator
kiwifarms.net
Joined
Nov 14, 2012
I changed my email sometime ago when it turned out that the email I needed was unique, too, didn't know those records still remained.

The Steam integration always seemed a bit weird for a site that requested unique usernames and emails.
I used to want a little gaming community within the forum but that dream died in a fucking horrific car accident.
 

P.A

Guillermo del Asgoro
kiwifarms.net
Joined
Oct 19, 2015
I'd switch to one of my dummy adresses I'm using, but my web.de adresses has this weird tendency to outright block any mails I'm getting from here and some other places. They don't even show up in my spam folder - it's more like they never make it there in the first place.
 

Null

Ooperator
kiwifarms.net
Joined
Nov 14, 2012
I'd switch to one of my dummy adresses I'm using, but my web.de adresses has this weird tendency to outright block any mails I'm getting from here and some other places. They don't even show up in my spam folder - it's more like they never make it there in the first place.
.DE domains hate us. When I was setting up the email server I got constant rejections from multiple .DE mail servers. Just follow my forwarding guide.