Discussion in 'Site News' started by vostok, Jun 13, 2015.
We have and I'm sure he has considered it
Mods, owners, please check out letsencrypt.org - free https security certificates, trivial to obtain. Totally legit.
I would volunteer my time to help y'all install it. I almost didn't come back to RIU because it makes me so uncomfortable. I love too many people here to stay away, I guess.
Currently, anyone with rudimentary hacking skills can see an RIU user's password in plaintext when they log into the site via public wifi, for instance. They may not mean to target RIU or users here, but when script kiddies see unencrypted logins on the wire they swarm like flies on shit. Them's just facts.
If the site owners or mods had any idea how stupid it actually is to run a site like this w/o https, they'd walk in traffic...
The only thing users can do in the meantime is make sure they're using a different password for RIU, because like Michael H said, sites like this w/o https get farmed for logins, and more often than not those logins will work elsewhere...
Just so you know, HTTPS everywhere does not make non-HTTPS connections HTTPS encrypted, it simply enforces HTTPS on web servers that have it enabled. Many web servers have both an HTTP and HTTPS version for back compatibility reasons so sometimes you can accidentally end up on an open connection. HTTPS everywhere prevents this and only this. If RIUs servers don't have the capability to handle HTTPS, which they don't appear to, attempting to "enforce" it will simply result in an error. The server would just see it as "jibberish". In the case of the "HTTPS everywhere" extension, it will just default to an HTTP connection.
But yes, I agree, I would very much like to see HTTPS encryption. It's not just about personal data, its just best common practice to use HTTPS. Once your password is exposed on one-site, if it is re-used on another site security is exponentially reduced.
It's pretty easy to convert to https, using letsencrypt, and cloudflare has ways to implement it pretty easily.
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