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PostSubject: The drive towards https   Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:21 am

A sign of the times probably but it seems nearly all sites are being driven towards using https these days. Browsers give warnings about using non-https sites because login passwords are transmitted in plain text, meaning that they could be read.

I'm prompted to write this because Bitdefender (my security program) has updated recently and even this now steps in and gives a warning when I log into sites that aren't yet using https. The risk of logging into non-htttps sites/forums isn't any greater now than it was before of course but it is necessary for me to bypass that warning to log into some places.

It looks like, in the end, all sites will have to use https to avoid their visitors being warned of a security risk.
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PostSubject: Re: The drive towards https   Sun Oct 07, 2018 10:38 pm

I am taking a risk here - the Chrome browser considers this forum to be "Not Secure"

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PostSubject: Re: The drive towards https   Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:10 pm

This is what Bitdefender makes of here since their latest update.


The site is just as safe as it ever was but with an ever increasing fear of people being hacked these days, browsers and security software manufacturers are being cautious. HTTPS is more secure regarding password logins but what's the worst that could happen if someone's password was hacked? The hacker could post anything pretending to be that member. The member would come back and say, "It wasn't me guv' honest!" and would be believed naturally.

This really happened to me on a computer forum. An advert was put in my signature line. I hadn't put it there so I assumed my password had been hacked and the hacker put it there. I explained to Admin and changed the password but I'm not sure if I was believed or not.
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