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TapaTalk Disabled - Serious Issue

Discussion in 'Questions, Problems, & Feedback' started by Joe Link, May 24, 2014.

  1. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    As much as I know this will pain the people who use it with NWFA, TapaTalk is currently disabled, possibly for good this time.

    An serious exploit was found in the TapaTalk forum plugin this week which left every forum running their software vulnerable. Luckily, NWFA was not targeted. Rather than notify forum owners using the vulnerable software, they quietly released a new version with a security patch. It'd debatable whether this is the best course of action when an exploit is discovered, as you don't want to alert those wishing to exploit the software before owners have time to patch it, but they didn't notify us forum owners of the new version, which they certainly should have done. No decent forum admin would ignore an urgent email telling them to update to the latest version.

    This is not the first time this has happened with TapaTalk, more like the fourth. If they don't care about the security of people running their software, we can no longer continue to run it. I'm not going to put this community at risk for *any* reason.

    I'm still looking into our options, but the best one seems to be resizing ads for mobile users and using the built in responsive XenForo design. The biggest drawback of this is the lack of push notifications, but these are easily replaced by email alerts on mobile devices. I'd like to hear thoughts from our TapaTalk users on this issue.
     
  2. Whitey375

    Whitey375 Eugene, Oregon Active Member

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    Honestly I have been running Tapatalk for some time now, and I really don't care for it.
     
  3. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Reading his via Tapatalk......strange
     
  4. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    That's really strange. When I try it says TapaTalk is disabled for this forum...
     
  5. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Still working fine for me...able to reply. Frankly I will miss Tapatalk but I understand and support your reason for dropping them.
     
  6. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'll be looking at all our options, including the development of our own app if it's something we can do for a reasonable price. Honestly, if I get the ads squared away the default responsive mobile design is really nice, and we can configure push notifications. Do you use the TapaTalk push notifications?
     
  7. bballer182

    bballer182 Molalla Active Member

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    I really like Tapatalk and have been using it for years here and everywhere else I can. However, if that's what it comes down to, thats we/you have to do. Do what is right for the community/yourself now that this is your job.
     
  8. Tony617

    Tony617 Washington State Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have been using TapaTalk for some time and I do like the functionality but if there are security holes then keep it off.
     
  9. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Just FYI...its still working for me.
     
  10. Tony617

    Tony617 Washington State Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I am using it on the iPhone and it says disabled when I click the Northwest Firearms link.
     
  11. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Android here.
     
  12. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I noticed that it keeps crashing here the last few days!!
     
  13. pdrake

    pdrake WA Active Member

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    Agreed. I use TapaTalk for several different forums, and really like the utility of a single application on my mobile device. But if TapaTalk brings security risks to the party, I don't want this guest. Do what you have to do.
     
  14. Soren

    Soren Beaverton, Oregon Active Member

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    Maybe it was rude for the developers to not notify forum owners of the patch, but hopefully they got it patched for good. Like a lot of people, I use Tapatalk for several forums since mobile browsers and forums don't mix well. I hope that you re-enable using Tapatalk.
     
  15. Joe Link

    Joe Link Portland, OR Well-Known Member Staff Member Lifetime Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    If this were a one time thing I'd likely give them a pass, but this is the fourth time they've had a serious security flaw that exposed their users. I'm still considering it, but if we did re-enable it and something happened to NWFA it'd be our own fault for trusting them again. I'd rather improve the mobile version of the site than have that on my conscience.

    The biggest issue we have with mobile on this site is the ads not being properly formatted, the functionality seems to work well. Check out http://www.northwestsportsman.com on your phone (same style, no ads) and let me know what you think.
     
  16. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    I have tapatalk for android for my work phone and it says disabled but still get push notifications on it. I haven't used tapatalk for other forums though. I think NWFA works fine in chrome on my iphone. If its a security risk, its not worth it to me.
     
  17. bballer182

    bballer182 Molalla Active Member

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    The reason I like Tapatalk is that Firefox sucks, Chrome isnt much better, the stock AOSP browser is fine but for some reason in the KitKat update some functionality was lost. Tapatalk does everything and faster than a browser can dream of.
     
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  18. Soren

    Soren Beaverton, Oregon Active Member

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    Ok. I guess it doesn't look too bad in Chrome. I'm going to miss the notifications you get in tapatalk.
     
  19. DieselScout

    DieselScout S Clackamas County Well-Known Member

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    Still working for me.
     
  20. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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