I protect my kids from online predators and malicious intent while their on my network and under my care. We’ve had trouble since day 1 with using the online Nextmaker Elearning portal https://nextmaker.mblock.cc
I thought it was because the software was a bit of garbage and that the issue was transient. I was wrong!
Today we couldn’t login and when I reset the password I confirmed there was more going on that I was going to be displeased to find out. Here was the list of bad things that happened when I reset my password:
- My computer raised an alert immediately when I opened the change password dialog. It said that Chrome tried to access 126.96.36.199 which has been known to be malicious.
- The password input dialog saved the password as truncated and didn’t inform of any max limits. The browser wasn’t aware of the truncation and thus the sync of password was incorrect.
- After password was reset there was a prompt to validate using a slider bar. The slider bar was failing to communicate with some 3rd party resource and refused to login. Once it was discovered what 3rd party resource was needed to unblock the slider bar then validated correctly and allowed to login.
- After logging in on a secondary computer the primary computer that connects to the Makeblock circuit kits was then attempted to authenticate, but the Login button becomes greyed out immediately after typing in the credentials. This again was caused by blocking some 3rd party resource that once unblocked allowed login.
- At some critical areas when using the Nextmaker application the software desires to save progress or share with social media in order to progress through the coding. Unfortunately, these fail and block progress because they’re dependent on some 3rd party resource that is being blocked.
When I was troubleshooting the above blocking steps I found one of the following was the mandatory 3rd party resource that was making the application fail to progress. I don’t know exactly which of them that Makeblock is using, but I advise they remove it immediately as a requirement of the software in order to login or progress through the programming process!
One or more of the following apps/websites is being used by Nextmaker’s site that needs to be removed from association:
Mail dot ru
Mail dot ru IM
Skype for Business