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Nickname vs Username vs Display Names

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Places2Explore shows Display Names of users. The Display Name is not Nickname nor Username.

We have three different names for Users:

  • Username (Login) – Being used for forum authorization (login, sign-in) action
  • Display Name – The Display Name is what shows up next to a user’s posts, as well as on their Profile page.
  • Nickname – Unique name which is used here to generate user Profile URL. In other words this is the user URL /path/. For example

After a regular user registration process, Username, Display Name and Nickname are set the same. For example If you register a user with “Martin59” Username your user names look like this:

  • Username – Martin59
  • Display Name – Martin59
  • Nicename – martin59

And profile URL will be:

This is insecure, because profile URLs are public and hackers can see the martin59 part. Using this part (Nickname) they can detect the Username and try to login with different passwords. In this way they can also find Administrator username and your website will be under the risk.

In order to fix this security issue, we have “Display Name” and “Nickname” fields in Forum > My Profile > Account font-end page. Using this options you should change the Display Name and Nickname to something like this:

  • Username – Martin59
  • Display Name – Martin P.
  • Nickname – martinos

This is a secure way to configure User Names.

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