Security: Captain Up Response and Update to OpenSSL Heartbleed

On April 7th, the OpenSSL project has published a Security Advisory detailing a severe zero-day vulnerability in its encryption software, used by a sizable percentage of the internet. The exploit is called “Heartbleed” and it can potentially allow attackers to retrieve sensitive information from any server accepting SSL connections.

We have patched the vulnerability in our service infrastructure and have taken further efforts to mitigate any potential risks.

We have no reason to believe any Captain Up accounts were compromised.

Steps We’ve Taken

Here’s some more details on the actions we took:

– We’ve upgraded our infrastructure to a fixed release of OpenSSL.

– We’ve generated new certifications for all of our SSL endpoints.

– We’ve replaced all the secert keys across our system.

– All user sessions were reset.

– We’re conducting a comprehensive security review of every system that might have been affected.

What You Can Do

We have no indication that the “Heartbleed” exploit was used against our service. However, due to the wide nature of this issue, we highly recommend you to reset your Captain Up password, as well as reset your password in any other service you use that contains sensitive information.

We take your security extremely seriously. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us on Twitter or email us at team@captainup.com

Introducing the New Captain Up Widget

 

Captain Up Widget

We’re very excited to announce the brand new design of the Captain Up widget. We’ve put a lot of effort on bringing the widget a more modern and clean look, while still keeping the experience fun and engaging.

The new widget design is a complete re-thinking of how Captain Up can help you engage, retain and monetize your users. A lot of focus has been placed on making sure the experience on tablet and mobile devices is just as gratifying as it is on the desktop.

Update your theme settings

If you’re using a theme with customized colors or extended CSS rules for your Captain Up widget, please check the theme settings in your admin panel to make sure everything looks as you want it to be. We’ve taken every care to ensure the transition will be smooth.

The New Overlay

One of the core changes in the new design, a change we spent a lot of them tinkering and experimenting with, was how the Captain Up overlay is structured and how it can be easily and clearly navigated. We’ve concluded to base it on three distinguished tabs.

Captain Up Player Profile

The Player Profile tab is where users can track their own progress in the different activities, and compare it with their friends and rivals.

Captain Up Community

In the Community Tab users are able to check out their peers and see all the latest action in the app.

Captain Up Activities Levels

The Challenges tab is the portal to all the various activities users can do on your site or app. Users can track their current level and see how many points they need to reach the next level; or they can check out their progress through the badges, and see which they are closest to achieve.

We plan on introducing a lot more flavors and varieties to the activities (you can think of them as different Game Mechanics), each angling at different user experiences and behaviors. Expect some cool announcements coming soon.

The HUD

Captain Up HUD

A lot of work and thought has been put on making the user experience of the HUD better, and make it blend better with your sites and apps. We’ve tweaked how the notifications behave, and streamlined the interactions with them.

What’s next?

We’re still ironing out some kinks from the new widget design. If you encounter any issues or have any feedback, we would love to hear from you!

We’re not stopping here. The next release is already in the works, a bunch of improvements and several (pretty exciting) features are already there. Several new themes will be introduced this week, as well as the long-awaited option to choose the place on the page the HUD will be shown.

 

 

New Badge Pack: “Retro” by Yana Segal

Our new badge pack, “Retro”, was created by incredibly talented illustrator and web designer Yana Segal. We really like Retro and it now comes with new Captain Up installs. Retro offers 70 unique and groovy badges for various activities users do on websites: commenting on articles, watching videos, sharing content or even just visiting.

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