Thank you to everyone that took part in our festivities this month!
Spoof Cover contest winners are….
1st place: Zapperzz99
2nd place: Girvvy
3rd place: Greenwindu
Money prizes have been added to your accounts and heads can be chosen in game!
And the results for the quiz are posted on the thread. You can find your score HERE
If you look at the top of your browser today you may notice something a bit different, a little green padlock.
So what is this? Well it indicates that this website is digitally signed by a trusted authority and your connection to the site is fully encrypted. That means only you and our site know what you’re looking at, no one else can view the content you’re viewing and that includes even your own internet service provider. We’re using the industry leading and highest security TLS v1.2 for our transport encryption.
You’ll notice these green padlocks on all of our pages from now on, not just our homepage but on our forums, our shop, auctions, custom login system, vote page, referrals page and in-fact every single webpage.
This has been a security upgrade I’ve been wanting to do for quite some time, I even spoke about it last year in our 2014 retrospective post and while it has taken a lot longer than I’d initially planned I’m happy to finally deliver this. Now every PM you send on our forums or login page you use are secure.
We’ve also for the first time added DDoS protection to all our website pages, this is in part an extension of what we’ve recently added to our game servers and guarantees total uptime across all our services in the event of an attack.
Thanks for reading!
As of this post, connecting to our server through play.renmx.com will connect you through our DDoS mitigation server. In testing we have found it only adds around 10-15ms to the connection latency and is very stable.
If you’re unable to connect please check your connection to our server isn’t being blocked by Malwarebytes or any other Anti-Malware software on your computer. Please also check any firewall you’re using as-well.
If you check everything and are still unable to connect you may use backup.renmx.com to connect. If this works while play.renmx.com does not work please let us know so we can assist you in diagnosing the issue and potentially helping other players with the same problem.
We will be enabling a DDoS protection service on the server soon but before we do so we would like users to test it. The way DDoS protection works is it forwards our users through a companies server that “washes” the traffic before they send on the legitimate traffic to our server.
So instead of You -> Our Game Server.
It goes You -> Anti-DDoS Server -> Our Game Server.
To test the service simply change your address for our server from play.renmx.com to ddos.renmx.com and then let us know of any issues for example if it’s more laggy than using play.renmx.com or if you cannot connect to it or if you keep getting disconnected.
We’ll be trialling it for the next few days and then if all goes well we’ll switch play.renmx.com over to the anti-ddos service. Thanks for reading!
Over the past 7 days we have had quite a few DDoS attacks on the server. Unfortunately there isn’t really anything we can do about it. We are a non-profit server, we don’t accept donations of any kind so there is no money for attackers to get at, they just do it for attention.
A few of you have asked us what a DDoS attack is, how does it work? Well the attacker simply commands lots of computers (hundreds or thousands) to all send our server data. The data they send is combined higher than our line speed and so it clogs up the connection. Legitimate players like yourselves cannot connect because there’s simply no more room in the pipe to accept your data while the attack is ongoing.
Here is a graphic illustration from CloudFlare explaining how a DDoS happens on a website, it’s exactly the same just with our game server instead of a website being the victim.
The good news is, these kinds of attacks are very basic and do not compromise security. It’s literally just like calling someone’s telephone thousands of times over and over again so that you cannot use the phone yourself. As soon as the attack ends, service resumes as normal. No hardware is damaged, no information is stolen, nothing gets hacked.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.