Well that was quite a ride...

Written by Jeff Slama. Posted in Webmaster Blog

4/10/2013  Full Functionality Restored.

During 4Q2013, we started to see residual issues from Blacklisting, Hacking, 2 separate Viruses (neither compromised our users), loss of website email functionality (@mokofc.org emal was not affected), incorrect page loading due to bungled Search Engine Optimization implementation, and loss of tech support availabiilty from our current provider.  It was overwhelming, and I didn't even try to keep this blog current.  We tried to accomodate or mitigate the issues, probably for too long, so when a notice of shutdown by the current provider was received, we bit the bullet & switched to another Christian/Catholic provider, who completed operations about a week ago.  Extensive testing shows we are back up to full functionality, please let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. know if you see otherwise.

On the good note, we received the go-ahead from the State Deputy to form a Web Committee, with real Tech Support and real Training to be provided.  We have one or two spots left to fill on the Committee, please let me know if you would be interested.  Things are really looking up, and we can begin to implement long-awaited features, like individual log-in, protected content, user searching, etc.

On the down side of things, the original provider was the institution behind the "Council Websities" initiative, so that wonderful idea is gone along with them.  There are many ways to effectively communicate with your constituents, and Website presence represents a part of the whole picture.  I'm trying a few things out on my local Councils, and I've advise quite a few of the larger Councils on their questions.   Stay tuned for further developments.

 

Privacy Policy

Written by Jeff Slama. Posted in Webmaster Blog

10/17/2012   Privacy Policy

Thank you for visiting our web site.  The Missouri Knights of Columbus is the Missouri Chapter of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic Fraternal charity and service organization.

This privacy policy tells you how we use personal information collected at this site. Please read this privacy policy before using the site or submitting any personal information. By using the site, you are accepting the practices described in this privacy policy. These practices may be changed, but any changes will be posted and changes will only apply to activities and information on a going forward, not retroactive basis. You are encouraged to review the privacy policy whenever you visit the site to make sure that you understand how any personal information you provide will be used.

Note: the privacy practices set forth in this privacy policy are for this web site only. If you link to other web sites, please review the privacy policies posted at those sites.

Collection of Information
We collect personally identifiable information, like names, postal addresses, email addresses, etc., when voluntarily submitted by our visitors. The information you provide is used to fulfill you specific request. This information is only used to fulfill your specific request, unless you give us permission to use it in another manner, for example to add you to one of our mailing lists.

Cookie/Tracking Technology
The Site may use cookie and tracking technology depending on the features offered. Cookie and tracking technology are useful for gathering information such as browser type and operating system, tracking the number of visitors to the Site, and understanding how visitors use the Site. Cookies can also help customize the Site for visitors. Personal information cannot be collected via cookies and other tracking technology, however, if you previously provided personally identifiable information, cookies may be tied to such information. Aggregate cookie and tracking information may be shared with third parties.

Distribution of Information
We may share information with governmental agencies or other companies assisting us in fraud prevention or investigation. We may do so when: (1) permitted or required by law; or, (2) trying to protect against or prevent actual or potential fraud or unauthorized transactions; or, (3) investigating fraud which has already taken place. The information is not provided to these companies for marketing purposes.

Commitment to Data Security
Your personally identifiable information is kept secure. Only authorized employees, agents and contractors (who have agreed to keep information secure and confidential) have access to this information. All emails and newsletters from this site allow you to opt out of further mailings.

Privacy Contact Information
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments about our privacy policy you may contact us using the information below:

By e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
By Phone:  417-782-5439

We reserve the right to make changes to this policy. Any changes to this policy will be posted.

Why is this Policy here?
The website was blacklisted or downrated by many many watchdog organizations as a result of the September break-in.  As part of the recovery process, certain organizations require a privacy policy to be posted on the site.

 

It's a big bad world out there...

Written by Jeff Slama. Posted in Webmaster Blog

9/13/2012  Web Site Attacked

Late PM Friday, 9/8, I started noticing website oddities: the layout was scrambled using IE, and some pages attempted re-direction.  I alerted our tech partner.  On Saturday AM we confirmed a "hidden iFrame" infection, and I took the site off-line to protect our users.  Google also detected the infection and blacklisted the site, placing warning messages on search pages.  Browsers setup to use 'safe-browsing' client software also displayed warning messages. 

We cleaned the site and moved it back on-line Wed PM.  We re-submitted the site to Google Labs on Thursday AM, and it returned to full service Thursday PM.  Changes are in-process to prevent future occurrences.

Note - The infection redirected users to a 3rd-party (non KofC) site that attempted to spread malware:  NO KofC user data was hacked into, no personal information was harvested.

It's a big bad Internet out there...  update your anti-virus and operating system frequently, and be sure before you click.

On behalf of the Web committee, I apologige for any inconvenience caused by the outage.

     Jeff Slama, Webmaster

(Ironically, our site registrar GoDaddy was also hacked during this time period, and millions of web sites and email (including MoKofC) were off-line, so we would have been unreachable even if we had not been infected...)

Temporary Email Outage

Written by Jeff Slama. Posted in Webmaster Blog

8/7/2012
The GoDaddy email forwarding system suffered an outage yesterday 8/6 from 3am until 11pm.  All emails of the form " This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " were affected, please re-send any from that period.
Note if you use the website "Leadership" menu to select a contact for sending email, that worked just fine and you do not need to re-send anything.
If you are having any email difficulties, feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web Server Update

Written by Jeff Slama. Posted in Webmaster Blog

4/3/2012  -  Well that was quite a ride...   Shortly after deploying the new web server, communications issues developed, resulting in gradual degradation and finally complete blockage of all Contact emails and on-line form submissions.  Incredibly, our site was marked as a spam source by several of the major BlackListing companies.  ALL attempts to resolve the issue proved futile.  In desperation we moved the site back to the original domain, and the situation stabilized.  During the move back, the site was off-line for several hours.

Users - please note all emails sent from the site (Contact Us, Leadership Profiles, etc.) from 3/1 to 4/2 may not have reached their destination.  You might want to follow-up on critical communications.
State Chairmen - please note some on-line forms from the same period may not have reached you directly.  I manually created summary forms to cover the submissions during that period.  Luckily, I had setup the site to save all submissions locally, so no data were lost.

State Website move completed

Written by Jeff Slama. Posted in Webmaster Blog

2/29/2012
The website move to a new server at 173.45.86.150 is complete.  Don't forget to flush your browser cache the first time you visit.  Google on how to perform that for your particular browser.  Let me know if there are any issues.