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    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 1st Feb 17, 12:24 PM
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    "Not secure" in Forum url
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    • 1st Feb 17, 12:24 PM
    "Not secure" in Forum url 1st Feb 17 at 12:24 PM
    Hi everyone

    You may have seen the words “not secure” in your url when visiting the forum in the last few days. This is a change Google has recently put into place for sites that don’t run on HTTPS.

    Our technical team is working on this now and you should see it disappear once the work's been rolled out.

    Thanks for your patience.

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    • kwikbreaks
    • By kwikbreaks 3rd Mar 17, 10:50 PM
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    • 3rd Mar 17, 10:50 PM
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    • 3rd Mar 17, 10:50 PM
    It's worth noting that the change simply highlights the fact that the MSE login isn't HTTPS and has always been insecure not that any change made by Google has somehow made the login insecure.
    • alanq
    • By alanq 23rd Mar 17, 4:31 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 17, 4:31 PM
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    • 23rd Mar 17, 4:31 PM
    This issue also affects Firefox 52.0.1.
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    • Jabba_flabba
    • By Jabba_flabba 29th Apr 17, 11:30 AM
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    • #4
    • 29th Apr 17, 11:30 AM
    This really isn't about any particular browser...
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    • 29th Apr 17, 11:30 AM's about the absence of transport layer security for sending/receiving data (and, most importantly, sending passwords).

    I'd love to know what the technical team are so busy with that justifies continuing to run this site without SSL. Sending passwords in the clear is just plain bad and inexcusable in 2017. Wireshark screenshot:

    My advice to users of this site is to make sure your MSE password isn't the same or even close to the same as the passwords you use for more sensitive sites such as your email (password reuse is generally bad anyway - but particularly worth emphasising here).

    The reason for my advice should be plain enough; if your MSE password gets stolen, say, because you've used it while being connected to e.g. open access WiFi, then it's possible the thief could then access your email.
    • DragonQ
    • By DragonQ 26th May 17, 11:50 PM
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    • 26th May 17, 11:50 PM
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    • 26th May 17, 11:50 PM
    Still no HTTPS 4 months later. Even my home website with nothing useful on it has HTTPS, it really isn't difficult to set up!
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