Site Restructure – Update

Paranormal Footprints is being restructured slightly to improve overall performance and to make way for some new ideas, including expanding the PF "business model".

The restructure is prompted by the recent issue with spam on the site, so this means tightening security has become a top priority.

Paranormal Footprints also has its own SSL Certificate, but due to unforeseen circumstances at the time, certain incompatibilities arose and it’s having to be re-addressed. Next month, the blogsite will also move to another host (actually, it’s the same host but a different account attached to the primary one).

As far as blogsite updates and the "business model" is concerned, I’ve been negotiating with other affiliate companies to be able to sell some of their products directly from the Paranormal Footprints Store. This also depends on registering for a tax code and forecasting earnings outside Personal Allowance. Talking of the store, this will revert to its original subdomain due to the protection that CloudFlare allows and this will eventually be covered by an SSL Certificate.

Over the next few days, the mailing system (email address, contact form, etc.) will also be restructured, with additional measures to prevent further spamming in place.

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Stonehearst Asylum Movie Trailer – October 2014

Stonehearst Asylum

A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues — though he has no initial idea of a recent, horrifying staffing change.

The film will be released in the United States on October 24, 2014.

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Ben Is Blind But He Can “See”!

This is truly remarkable! Ben Underwood, who lost his eyes at an early age, uses echo-location to navigate and can even ride his bicycle and play basketball. I first came across this video on the Facebook page Tina Writes With Spirit and had to share it.

It takes compensatory senses to another level and is certainly an eye-opener (absolutely NO pun intended!).

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Important Announcement Regarding Spam

I’d like to address something I know affects us all. The Paranormal Footprints blogsite was recently suspended because a spammer sent multiple emails through the site over a short period of time, which were then re-routed through PF’s main site email address. (This may have also been an oversight on my part, since in the settings the option was set to forwarding and not rejecting possible spam emails.)

I have ZERO tolerance of spam, especially ones claiming to be billing from governmental agencies complete with a zipped PDF “payment form” containing an executable malware installer. If this had happened 15 years ago, I’d have most likely done a complete back-trace, from the spoof IP address to the originating IP address, and thoroughly destroyed them. Nowadays, I just tend to block and ban them, and report them to the Action Fraud.

Spam on our Facebook page is just blocked, but offenders posting spam multiple times will be banned. And I’m on about the kinds of spam that endorse porn, questionable software, links to drugs, get-rich-quick schemes, and so on. It’s as simple as that.

As a result of this, I have no choice but to temporarily disable emails from all of my blogsites (hosted with the same webhost) until I can find an adequate solution. Furthermore, I’m also forced to "tighten" security, which may or may not result in certain parts of the blogsites not displaying and adjusting the cloud settings accordingly.

To be fair, this is the first spammy email of this kind I’ve had for a while. Every so often one slips through the cracks, despite your best counter-measures. It’s unfortunate that all it takes is one low-life scum to spoil it for the rest of us, but in the end these things are designed to test us, used as learning tools for awareness and improvement.

Over the next week or so, I’ll also be updating the Terms and Conditions of Use, Store Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy to reflect these changes.

It’s unfortunate that this needs to be done, but in order to protect against these idiots it’s a necessary evil. It only takes one bad apple to affect the rest of them in the basket.

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The Paranormality Trilogy

The Paranormality trilogy is a series of games for RPG Maker, loosely based on a set of unpublished short stories and novellas I wrote, actually inspired by some of my own experiences.

The entire trilogy focuses around paranormal investigator Jack Urban. Alyssa, his sister, disappeared under mysterious circumstances, so his mission has become to find out exactly what happened to her. His quest for the truth will take him to the Other Side and back, pitting him against some of the most nefarious daemons in the Seven Realms.

Portals revolves around the events leading up to her disappearance and is the prequel to Darkling for RMVX and Nexus for RMVXA (planned as future projects).

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