Monthly Archives: February 2015
DATABASE IS NOW FAULT TOLLERANT

Thank you for you patience as we implemented a replicated, fault-tolerant  database structure. Long overdue, this new structure allows:

  • Increased performance on map refreshes
  • Daily backups without downtime
  • Data in a ‘hot copy’ format that will make it much faster to recover from a database failure.

[Update Mar 3, 2015] The database performance is not as good as we’d hoped. We’re working on improving it this week.

DOWNTIME ON SATURDAY, FEB 21, 2015

Our primary database failed today, and restoring it took longer than we expected – over 3 hours.

We apologize for any problems this may have caused, and assure you we are already investigating ways we can recover better from an outage like this.

BETTER STANDARDIZATION OF LOCATIONS

We’ve seen a few instances where the same location is listed on IWM to different, but correct, ways.  Such as Australia showing up a both “Australia” and “AU”, and California showing up as “California” and “CA”, and even “Calif”.

We’ve updated our code to start to phase these locations out, and standardize on two letter abbreviations when we can. It makes the text more readable, and certainly more consistent.

UPDATED TOOLS PAGE

Our tools menu has changed, allowing IP lookups showing geographical data about the IP, as well as other known IPs in the same area. Future releases of our software will feature more tools, all based around IP information.

Information on this tools page is obtained from our API which is scheduled to be released in Q1 of 2015.

HARDENING OUR SECURITY

Today we’re rolling out new security for our users, centered around user/pass authentication. What we had in place before was very good, but our new system is even tougher with even larger password hashes.

We’ve also added security that will kick others out of your account if you change your password. While it’s never a good idea to give out your password, we’ve all done it before. With out new system, the moment you change your password, anyone else who is using your password will be forced out of your account, creating an easy way to lock down your account.

Because of this increased security, most users will have to change their passwords. We apologize for this inconvenience, but better security is always worth it.