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Important "This site is not secure" Message When Logging In


Apr 1, 2008
Portland, OR
If you use Firefox, and you don't have it set to automatically log you in, you may have seen a somewhat alarming notice when you tried to login to the forum recently. Something along the lines of "This site is not secure" blah blah blah.

While that is true, it's not anything new. This site has never been encrypted. The URL for the forum begins with http:// not https:// To encrypt the entire forum would mean I would have to purchase an SSL certificate, and while they aren't typically too expensive, they aren't free either.

I've done (almost) all I can to make sure that this site is as secure as it can be. I would love to encrypt the entire site someday, but for now, since the HTL isn't really a place where you share too much personal stuff about yourself, I don't really see the need for it.

One thing that IS important, however: the password that you use here should not be the same as what you use on other sites. Especially sites that may have personal or financial information about you. That's true for most any site that you sign into that isn't secured. And actually, it's not a bad idea for sites that are encrypted too. Just ask Yahoo.

Anyway, I just noticed that new message from Firefox, and I wanted to get out ahead of any questions you might have about it. Let me know if you do have any questions.

Iguana Man

Well-Known Member
Apr 2, 2008
I use the same pswd both here and on one other site. I think it's the only two places I do that.

Can't tell you how many different pswds I've got these days. It's probably 30-40. :(