Looks like the login problems really started happening Thursday evening, but I wasn’t connecting the dots until Friday morning. Looks like we are all clear now.
One problem that lingered until this morning was new accounts and password changes were not being properly processed. I was able to rectify that by around 10am this morning.
Last evening the authentication server, the machine that knows if you are logged in or not, became disabled. I have it running on new hardware now, and it should be in better shape now.
However while it was misbehaving, it was not possible to log into PW Classifieds, or into www.pennswoods.net. If you went to email.pennswoods.net directly, you were able to access your email.
As a separate issue, I am also doing database maintenance most nights between approximately 2am and 4am. If you are using the classifieds during this time, you will likely find that there are slow downs, a lot of pauses, and quite likely pages that return an error of some sort.
I apologize for the inconvenience for those who are accustomed to using the site during this time frame. I can’t get around doing this, and unfortunately it is likely to continue through the end of 2013.
This evening I’ve gotten three messages asking me about text messages that were sent. Supposedly they were sent by me claiming that there was a report that their ad was a scam. There is a link to log in and verify that the ad is not a scam.
The text message is a scam! I do not currently use text messages within the PW Classifieds. I don’t send out warnings about reported ads.
I can only assume that if you’ve tried to log in to the link provided, you’re username and password are compromised, and some foreign crook will be using your account to place scam ads.
If you’ve had this happen to you, and you tried to log in to the link provided, please change your password. The option to do so is in the FAQ, question #3.
Thanks for being on guard, and a special thanks to those who sent me word that they received these text messages!
A month ago someone from PennsWoods user community was sharing this graphic. I thought it was interesting, and I’ve been meaning to share it here.
I’ve gotten quite a few reports lately that scammers have been texting cell phone numbers in PennsWoods ads. I would imagine that they are using blocks of texting numbers from free phone apps, or something along those lines. The texts usually direct a person to communicate with an email address, and there is typically an excuse why phone conversations are not possible.
I just wanted to remind everyone that if you are contacted via text message, there is no guarantee that the person actually has a PennsWoods account, and tracing a mix of text and emails is something that law enforcement are going to have trouble with.
If you receive a text message with a really good offer on something, meet in person or at least have a phone conversation. This doesn’t give 100% certainty, but not being able to do this should give you reason to pause.
Also never accept excess payment and return it to the sender. It is a very common scam to send a larger check / money order than is needed, and ask for the balance to be returned via your own check. By the time the check / money order sent to you bounces (possibly months later), your check has been cashed and the money is long gone.
This weekend I am camped out at the Mother Earth News festival .
I’m at this Cookport Fair in Indiana County this week! Stop by the PennsWoods booth in the Community Building and say hello if you get a chance.
Unfortunately I won’t be able to be there late most nights, but I should be there in late afternoon and early evening most nights, including tonight.
New accounts and password changes were not being recognized by the website due to a failure to communicate between some of my computers.
This began probably some time on Friday, and continued until I discovered and resolved the issue late Sunday night.
I’m attempting to reply to anyone who contacted me about the issue, but in the meantime if you’ve had trouble with one of those issues recently, please try again.
If you did multiple password changes, they were ALL executed late last night, with the most recent password change being the one that should now be in effect.
My apologies for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.
This week, for the fourth year in a row, I’m be camped out at the Cambria County Fair!
Well, not really camped out. Look for me in the late afternoon and early evening.
Today is primary day, remember to go out and vote.
Most of my ballot was “write in” “write in” “write in”, as there were not many names on my party’s ballot. This is an odd number year. But the school board members were there, and that’s where I was looking.
It usually isn’t hard to figure out which school board members you want in, and which you want out. It does require going through a couple back issues of the local newspaper (usually not many back issues before you figure out who is who) or sitting through just about 1 school board meeting will let you know right away which ones need swapped out.