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Admin note - DO NOT delete your photobucket images or your account there in anger - I have little doubt someone at photobucket with a brain will see the disaster they have unleashed, and back off totally, or in large part, in the next week. Deleting your account and/or images simply makes it worse. DO NOT re-arrange or re-index your files in there either for the same reason, as the images will never post here then, even if they back-off.

DO download your files from PB "just in case" - see page 4 here with the fast easy way to do that.

You can of course simply move anything you want to be sure they do not disappear into the **FREE** and reliable host that most of us have used for years - https://www.imgur.com - just right click the image and save it, and then load in IMGUR.



Folks, EVERY member, and certainly EVERY volunteer here, should immediately click on these links and install these instant add-ons -

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/photobucket-hotlin ... apbifiaedg

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/photobucket-fix

These cunning codes then let you "see" every blocked Photobucket image, making the saving of them 10 times faster!

Can't see if any such clever hacks for IE/Edge or Safari exist if so - add them here please. :mrgreen:
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I noted that this image:
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was all over this thread:
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=45789&start=1500
Is this a Photobucket issue or a Member problem :?:

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Just noticed today that mine and some other users' Photobucket images here have now been replaced with:

Image

Links to any of my images are now useless and many threads are spoiled. My images are still stored but I cannot add links anywhere unless I pay the exorbitant cost of their Plus500 account - $US399.99 a year, or around $A525 a year.

This almost amounts to ransomware!

Many users' images are still here, so maybe these are folks who already have a paid-for account? Or maybe this change is being rolled out piecemeal?

How is https://www.imgur.com now - is it the best alternative at present?

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BigSaint wrote:Stampboarders,

I noted that this image:
Image
was all over this thread:
https://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=45789&start=1500
Is this a Photobucket issue or a Member problem :?:

Brad :?
I have noticed this on another forum, re 3rd party hosting being disabled (just in case the image returns to normal).
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Peter,

That's disgraceful. Mine seems to be still OK. I would be OK with paying a small fee for the use but that amount is crazy.

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Yeah I just heard about this.

Looks like I have a few threads (Not here as it's the only site that I go on where this is blocked) on some message board to update.

I'm going to get some nonsense site and hosting plan to host my images, I find bluehost.com to be quite good.

Teaches me right for using a free site!

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Photobucket has changed their terms of service.

http://photobucket.com/terms

You can no longer link your photobucket images to 3rd party sites unless you pay $399/year which is ridiculous.

Can they justify a charge? Sure, I can see where they are coming from. Is this service worth $399 a year? HA!

No.

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All of mine seem to be OK at the moment, but all is not well in Photobucketland. We are not the only ones.

http://blog.photobucket.com/status/comment-page-1/#comments

ETA: I only ever add to photobucket from "My Pictures" on my hard drive. I wonder if that makes a difference?

Or have they been hit by malware?

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Norm,

It's in their new terms of use...

http://photobucket.com/terms

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Is it time for Stampboards to set up its own image hosting?
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All news to me.

Many folks here pay the few bucks extra a year for the "PRO" version that has no ads and allows for far more images hosted than the free use versions if you use it a lot. That pittance seemed most reasonable to me - $20 as I recall?

Like all things in life, there is generally no free lunches. :!: :!:

As we have typed 1000 times here, also having an IMGUR account is most wise. :idea:

I'll look into this a little further to see who is affected.

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Glen, it's all in their new terms of use:
Types of Accounts, Pricing and Limits

Visiting : There is no cost to visit the Site or to register as a Member.

Free account : Each individual Member gets one free account that provides 2 GB of free storage or space available for your original photo files, or videos under 10min. The free account does not allow any image linking or 3rd party image hosting. If a free account Member exceeds their Content Limit, their account will be immediately suspended and they will need to become a “Paying Member” (defined below) in order to continue accessing their account. You can upgrade to a Plus account at any time.

Ad-free Account : The Ad-free Account offers Members the ability to use the Site without seeing any third party banner advertisements when logged into your Ad-free Account (note, viewers of your images within Photobucket will see ads unless they, too, have Plus accounts and you will continue to see Photobucket offers and announcements). This account level is available for $2.49 / month, payable by the Member on a monthly recurring basis.

Plus Account : The Plus Account offers several paid options that may give the Paying Member more storage, bandwidth, 3rd party image hosting, image linking and/or other services as outlined below. Once and during such period of time in which you subscribe to and pay for a Plus Account, we will consider you a "Paying Member." Please note that all Plus Account subscriptions are billed annually at the commencement of the service. Photobucket may also offer a monthly billing option for its Plus Accounts (see terms and restrictions, below).

Available Plus Account Plans : Photobucket offers the following Plus Account Plans:

o Plus 50 Plan: 52 GB of Storage for $59.99 / Year. The Plus 50 Plan does not allow any image linking or 3rd party image hosting.

o Plus 100 Plan: 50 GB of Storage for $99.99 / Year. The Plus 100 Plan allows for unlimited image linking but does not allow 3rd party image hosting.

o Plus 500 Plan: 500 GB of Storage and unlimited bandwidth for $399.99 / Year. The Plus 500 Plan allows for unlimited image linking and unlimited 3rd party image hosting.


Read more: http://photobucket.com/terms#ixzz4lLVx8GaO
While the wording of the ad free account is ambiguous, it appears to only allow you to view Photobucket ad free and nothing else umder the new terms and conditions.

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Photobucket has been a joke for years, move over to IMGUR, it is 100 times better.

Not full of adds, no demands for money, works quickly and has simple user interface.

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Seems a bit rich but I have now seen more threads affected. Something needs to be sorted out otherwise some threads will be turned into a train wreck. :twisted:
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Tassie_Stamps wrote:Photobucket has been a joke for years, move over to IMGUR, it is 100 times better.

Not full of adds, no demands for money, works quickly and has simple user interface.
All very well but that does not help with the tens of thousands (or is it hundreds of thousands) of images already on the Board.

I note that Wikipedia lists 23 'image hosts' and another 17 that no longer operate.
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Margo and I have always paid the $25pa or whatever for the 'PRO' version of photobucket. And did the same for IMGUR until last year, when they decided they did NOT want paid accounts, and refunded our payments!

I have always believed there is no free lunch anywhere in life, and have always been comfortable with a modest cost for quite superb and useful services like this.

Does anyone here pay for the Photobucket PRO version - and are their images affected? If not, that is the answer.

Despite what their new TOS says, it may well be if folks upgrade to the first paid step, the images will then show on boards and ebay etc. $59.99 pa is $5 a month, and a fair kind of price to offer for use of their hosting, in my view.

I'll be very interested to hear reports from anyone whose images are now showing as blocked, as to what occurs if they sign up for the $59.99pa service. If the images appear, clearly issue fixed. If no change, cancel the payment.

Howling at the moon here will not change anything is my guess. Paying for their minimum service level may well do so, and sadly the "PRO" account no longer seems to be buyable? Their handling of this all is ham fisted, to put it mildly, I agree.

This new move might be a cunning way (in their mind) to extract a few bucks for what has always been a very valuable service, and no-one sensible really should have an issue with a modest cost being attached to that. But $US399 is just crazy as their first level, I agree.

ebay etc use seems to be the culprit here, as many folks load their entire ebay shops inventory into PB and list up via Auctiva etc, and the images then get viewed MILLIONS of times a month at no cost to them, but at a real hosting cost to PB. I guess PB do not want to be part of endless millions of dollars of profit making from ebay sales etc, at zero income return to them. I'd do the same if I were them. 8)

The amount of exposure of folks posting to Bulletin Boards of all kinds will be a drop in the ocean compared to ebay sales. They have been FAR smarter to simply ID'd the 100% for profit sites like ebay or Alibaba or Auctiva etc, they want a tiny piece of the action on, and block hosting to THERE, unless a fee was paid.

An especially dumb way to roll this out with no email advice to normal users, given the global Ransomware attacks this week, and to many, this looks the same. :roll: :roll: :roll:

Too much too soon, and I suspect they'll back right off of this hard line approach.

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It seems to me that many members of this bulletin board are being shortsighted over image hosting.

It's inevitable in the medium to long term that any given image hosting site will change its terms of use, go out of business, be bought by a different concern (to limit competition or to restrain its operation in some way), suffer a denial of service hack, or upgrade its website so only the latest software versions can utilize it.

Today, not for the first time, many of us are whinging about Photobucket; next week it could be Imgur; in six months it could be whatever people have moved to by then.

To my mind a couple of actions exist to lessen future issues:

The wiki images should be hosted by stampboards to maintain their integrity. If the consequence of that action include Glen needing to implement an annual member charge - so be it. If the consequence of that is a few potential members who want to know what their bog standard 50 year old damaged definitive is worth, decide not to join, then so be that too.

Other images relating to stamp specific threads should be copied by the original poster to a second hosting site and maintained on their hard drive as well. If the images are from "look what's in my collection" type threads then if you want the posterity, do the graft necessary to achieve it.

If someone knows a method of bulk copying images from one site to the other, publish it now as a "always on top, how to thread"

Threads heavy on images that have little to do with stamps, like Kevin Hedley's bird threads and the funny photograph thread should be viewed as collateral damage if they go down and duplicate hosting isn't in place. The people who really want particular images from those threads should copy them for their later personal use, just in case.

If you've got current "wanted to buy or items to sell or swap" threads, it's a pain in the bum if they go down and you have to reload them, but it's arguable how valuable the retention of images from sold item threads is. If the item was of such rarity that the image needs to be retained, then it should be copied to a rare items wiki and hosted similarly to the other wiki threads.

The other inevitability is that some of us are going to kick the bucket in the next few years and others will have to forgo the pleasures of Stampboards through extended illness. If lots of our images are hosted by Photobucket or Imgur or whoever else, how long before those hosts notice there's been no account access for some time and prune the images off their servers?

It's time for most of us to start thinking about these futures. For those like Glen, the moderators, and others who have been thinking about these matters probably for quite some time; I apologize for teaching you how to suck eggs.

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Are these problems occurring for huge 'power' users of PB? As I don't even have a paid account and I have no trouble at all.
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Allanswood wrote:Are these problems occurring for huge 'power' users of PB? As I don't even have a paid account and I have no trouble at all.
Earlier on this thread billw2 said:

You can no longer link your photobucket images to 3rd party sites unless you pay $US399/year.

So I think they are saying if you have a website & you are linking your pictures from there through Photobucket to Stampboards, rather than uploading direct from your personal device onto Photobucket to upload onto Stampboards, you have to pay $US399 per annum. If there is no involvement with another party & you upload direct from your personal device onto Photobucket, whether you are on a free account with ads or an ad free account, life for the time being, will continue as normal.

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Bad .. as I posted above. "Middle Men" like Auctiva where folks take PB images, load them there, and then add them to ebay is what I am sure they are trying to clobber.

Millions of page views there that PB are paying for, and getting nothing out of the huge dollars being made.

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My images seem OK at the moment, unpaid account. Oddly, I received a "Welcome to Photobucket" new member-type email yesterday though I have been a member for years :shock:
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I stopped using Photobucket a while back when they had a meltdown and lost a lot of my images. I pay US$12 a year for website hosting for the engraved stamps database and don't come close to using the space allotted so now, I have added a folder on that where I host my own images for any boards I frequent.

It works just as well as using a third party like Photobucket for the same cost and I have control of the content and no adverts.

Strangely, looking at my posts, my Photobucket images are still there, even on threads where this new "ransomware" has removed a lot of images.

Here is an example of self-hosting.

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https://termsfeed.com/blog/update-notice-legal-agreements/

This site suggests that, as I suspected:
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Did anyone get any warning from Photobucket?
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I only found out about it when I started reading a thread. Unfortunately, that appears to be only a guideline for good practice rather than any sort of legal requirement, hence the word "should".
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Yes the $29.99 for 22 gig has also been removed from their option plan if you wish to pay for storage only you must now pay the $59.99. I don't have a bandwidth usage problem and had only used 9.2 gigs of storage (9 years to get to 15273 images) now they are telling me that if I wish to pay for storage it must be the $59.99 pro account.

I was asked to fix up my reoccurring payment option when my time to pay came up earlier this month which meant that I had to cancel my payment option and then give my details again this I did but was not able to redo on the $29.99 plan because it was no long there. There 1 minute gone the next.

So it is back to the 2nd account that I have already have up and going under a 2nd email address as for adds folks I use chrome as my browser and Adguard adblocker and I still have no adds except for one Premium Photo Books just after I log in and it goes as soon as I open my library.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adguard-adblocker/ ... kllg?hl=en

5% used already on the 2nd account 400 images another 7,200 more to fill it and I will just open another.

100% of 29.99 is $29.99
100% of $00.00 is $00.00
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Did anyone get any warning from Photobucket?
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Also no replies from a single support email either about it.
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Back in May (May 10, to be precise), PB flipped me from my $4 p/m plan to their +20 yearly plan, which cost USD$34.99 up front. It actually works out cheaper for me at the moment because of the exchange rate :lol:

As far as I can tell, all my images are still here - I think :?
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This is so screwed up... (Business as usual for PB?)

No; no advance warning from Photobucket by email that they were about to adopt a ransomware approach. So much for their own Terms & Conditions.

I guess they reckoned there have sufficient users too reliant on their service not to cough up for the $399 "unlimited" package. If they're going to backpeddle, that'll have to be pdq but given Photobucket's past record I wouldn't hold out too much hope.

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It seems I am being held to ransom by Photobucket. All my images have been suspended and the site is asking me to unlock my account at the photobucket site.

Is anyone else having this problem?
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Yes, John, from the 2nd post of this thread.
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BigSaint wrote:
Allanswood wrote:Are these problems occurring for huge 'power' users of PB? As I don't even have a paid account and I have no trouble at all.
Earlier on this thread billw2 said:

You can no longer link your photobucket images to 3rd party sites unless you pay $US399/year.

So I think they are saying if you have a website & you are linking your pictures from there through Photobucket to Stampboards, rather than uploading direct from your personal device onto Photobucket to upload onto Stampboards, you have to pay $US399 per annum. If there is no involvement with another party & you upload direct from your personal device onto Photobucket, whether you are on a free account with ads or an ad free account, life for the time being, will continue as normal.

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Are you being asked to pay the $399 in bitcoins? :lol:

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It must be a hack. No business would go from zero charges for millions of users to hundreds of dollars with no notice.

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Quite a lot of users from various Forums on the Internet complaining, from Sailing forums to Photographic etc. Many seemingly having the same problem.
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Does anyone know what are Photobucket's definitions of "image linking" and "3rd party image hosting"? Can't find them on their website.
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muruk wrote:Does anyone know what are Photobucket's definitions of "image linking" and "3rd party image hosting"? Can't find them on their website.
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Alternatively refered to as inline linking, "hotlinking" is the action of linking to an image or object on another server. An example of hotlinking would be using an <img> tag to display a JPEG image that you uploaded to your Photobucket account so it will appear on a different website like Etsy, eBay auction listings, blogs, forum messages, etc.
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All of my images on multiple threads still seem to be there.

In 2014 I signed up for the +20 plan which gives me 30 GB of storage (of which I have used 0.5 GB). They charge me $29.99 every January.

I upload my images directly into Photobucket from my computer and then use the image link on PB to post them on Stampboards.

Not sure if it makes any difference, but I make sure that I copy only the image link into my threads without the URL address of the image in PB (so clicking on the image does not take the viewer back to the original image on the PB site).

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I wonder why someone would use an external imagehoster and pays for it if he can get his own domain for the same or even less amount of money and has full control over the content?
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muruk wrote:Does anyone know what are Photobucket's definitions of "image linking" and "3rd party image hosting"? Can't find them on their website.
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That is the key to this.

I would have said I do not use "image linking" and "3rd party image hosting" but Ewen S describes exactly what I do & his pics are gone & they want him to pay this large fee.

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john6625 wrote:It seems I am being held to ransom by Photobucket. All my images have been suspended and the site is asking me to unlock my account at the photobucket site.

Is anyone else having this problem?
url=https://s791.photobucket.com/user/john6625/media/img847_1.jpg.html]Image[/url


I have grabbed one of John6625's images from here and have removed the [ ] from both end of the image string

Below is one of my image stings with [ ] removed from both ends why does John6625 have the extra referring to the URL part

img]https://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa65/GUTTERS1/Wiki/1%20an ... /30002.jpg[/img

This the image part below from John's in green which is the same as mine above

img]https://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy191/john6625/img847_1.jpg[/img
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ewen s wrote:It must be a hack. No business would go from zero charges for millions of users to hundreds of dollars with no notice.
I agree with Ewen. A major hack changing the terms and conditions wording, blocking image hosting, etc.

The image that now appears where all my images used to be just smacks of a hack. Very few of the images I've uploaded are from external links, the majority are directly uploaded from my computer to the bucket.

I think the lack of notice and the amount they want is just too stupidly high to be believable.

Not too hard to gain entry and modify programs now the stolen NSA hacks have opened the floodgates to every computer geek out there.

It may take some time for this to be sorted and for normality to return.
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Lakatoi 4 wrote:
ewen s wrote:It must be a hack. No business would go from zero charges for millions of users to hundreds of dollars with no notice.
I agree with Ewen. A major hack changing the terms and conditions wording, blocking image hosting, etc.

The image that now appears where all my images used to be just smacks of a hack. Very few of the images I've uploaded are from external links, the majority are directly uploaded from my computer to the bucket.

I think the lack of notice and the amount they want is just too stupidly high to be believable.

Not too hard to gain entry and modify programs now the stolen NSA hacks have opened the floodgates to every computer geek out there.

It may take some time for this to be sorted and for normality to return.
Then if they are having problems with a hack why have they not giveing anybody the heads up all that is coming out of PB is nothing.
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Good work Gutters.

I copied this from one of my stored images (I have only printed the start of the links -just in case) & on the right hand side you select from one of four options to upload a pic.

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Email & IM - http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/
Direct - http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums
HTML - <a href="http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/
IMG - [URL=http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/

Gutters you look like you select option 2 "Direct" like I do.

However John looks like he selects option 4 "IMG"

Is option 4 what Photobucket is calling "Linking" :?:

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BigSaint wrote:Good work Gutters.

I copied this from one of my stored images (I have only printed the start of the links -just in case) & on the right hand side you select from one of four options to upload a pic.

SHARE THIS PHOTO
Email & IM - http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/
Direct - http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums
HTML - <a href="http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/
IMG - [URL=http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/

Gutters you look like you select option 2 "Direct" like I do.

However John looks like he selects option 4 "IMG"

Is option 4 what Photobucket is calling "Linking" :?:

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GUTTERS wrote:
john6625 wrote:It seems I am being held to ransom by Photobucket. All my images have been suspended and the site is asking me to unlock my account at the photobucket site.

Is anyone else having this problem?
url=https://s791.photobucket.com/user/john6625/media/img847_1.jpg.html]Image[/url


I have grabbed one of John6625's images from here and have removed the [ ] from both end of the image string

Below is one of my image stings with [ ] removed from both ends why does John6625 have the extra referring to the URL part

img]https://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa65/GUTTERS1/Wiki/1%20an ... /30002.jpg[/img

This the image part below from John's in green which is the same as mine above

img]https://i791.photobucket.com/albums/yy191/john6625/img847_1.jpg[/img
This is what I am referring to in my post above. Under Settings and then Albums, deselect the "Link Back Option", which links each image back to your PB album. Then when you copy the image link, it will not also provide the URL code around the IMG code.

This is not the whole answer though, because some of the images on my thread that have been posted by other members ARE linked back to their albums, and they are still there.

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If Photobucket has been hacked, is there any danger of the bug spreading to Stampboards or our computers?

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Image

Image

My Setting can anyone who is having problem see if they are the same as mine or different.

Eg.
Untick link back in the first image.
Untick the for future uploads box.
Just things that I am trying may help :idea:
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It looks like a hack
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Why don’t any of the SHARE features work? I used to be able to click on one of the 4 option, copy the code then use it on another website.

Now it doesn’t work at all

If I cant share my stuff then why bother having a PB account?
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Also the webpage given on the notification (/p500) does not exist
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BigSaint wrote:Good work Gutters.

I copied this from one of my stored images (I have only printed the start of the links -just in case) & on the right hand side you select from one of four options to upload a pic.

SHARE THIS PHOTO

Email & IM - http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/
Direct - http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums
HTML - <a href="http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/
IMG - [URL=http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/

In our image posting tutorial we specifically recommend users select option 4 for posting here.

So it seems only those those who have not followed that advice are having the issues?
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I have always just copied the IMG (the 4th code) link and pasted on SB

Image

URL=https://s867.photobucket.com/user/Allanswood/media/auspostlogo1_zpsytqtntsm.jpg.html][imghttps://i867.photobucket.com/albums/ab238/Allanswood/auspostlogo1_zpsytqtntsm.jpg[/img][/URL


By the way, I can't see it as a hack. I'm reading the offers in my account to upgrade to the new pricing structures. But I don't think that copying and pasting the img code from PB to here is a '3rd party hosting' situation.

There is far to much detailed information to be a plain 'hack' : https://photobucket.com/terms

However other users, using PB to show images here and also the same account to link sales etc may be breaching the 3rd party hosting? And also exceeding their bandwidth with too many hits back to PB? I don't fully understand it, I don't seem to have a problem with PB at all.

And the website: photobucket.com/p500 works when you add another / after 500
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Global Administrator wrote:
BigSaint wrote:Good work Gutters.

I copied this from one of my stored images (I have only printed the start of the links -just in case) & on the right hand side you select from one of four options to upload a pic.

SHARE THIS PHOTO

Email & IM - http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/
Direct - http://i1297.photobucket.com/albums
HTML - <a href="http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/
IMG - [URL=http://s1297.photobucket.com/user/

In our image posting tutorial we specifically recommend users select option 4 for posting here.

So it seems only those those who have not followed that advice are having the issues?
I don't think that is it because this is an image from ewen s without end brackets

img]http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll129/ewenstephens/image-149.jpg[/img

This is option 4
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