HTTPS (SSL security) Now Available

by Simon 14 Replies latest forum announcements

  • Simon

    I've setup an SSL certificate so you can now use HTTPS to browse the site. This creates an encrypted connection between your browser and the server which is more secure and prevents URLs visited from being shown in router logs, content can't be eavesdropped etc...

    There are also some performance benefits but they won't kick in until I make some more changes.

    Consider it experimental for now but at some point it will likely automatically redirect you to the secure version of a page.

    You can try it by adding 's' to the http part of any address or just goto the home page and browse from there (some mixed content means you may not get the fully green https status in your browser just yet though).

    Let me know if you have any issues using the site.

  • neat blue dog
    neat blue dog

    Wait . . . can they see where I've been on kingdom hall WiFi? 😱

  • wifibandit
    HTTPS is working for me. (Google DNS) Thank you!
  • konceptual99

    Good for me on Chrome on iOS.  Good job!!

  • bats in the belfry
    bats in the belfry


    Well, yeah . . . it works, sort of.

    The main page, is encrypted.

    When clicking on any of the subpages, such as Forum, Topics, etc., it reverts back to an unsecured environment (using Opera v36).

  • Simon

    Most links should be relative and keep you on the same protocol but there may be some that are absolute and use http

    Once everything is working OK I can fix those and the redirect from http to https will keep things right.

  • nonjwspouse

    Neat blue dog. When you use a wifi provided by a router at a home, place of business, or Kh, that router has some access to your computer. It depends on how tech savvy the KH people in charge of that wifi are as to whether your own browsing can be seen. They would have to purposely look at the connections and dig deeper.

    Using a cellular data plan for browsing at the KH, you can get around that

  • Simon
    that router has some access to your computer.

    Not quite, more that because you are connecting through the router, it has access to look at the traffic unless it is encrypted. So without HTTPS/SSL it's possible to see the address of sites being visited, search query terms and so on, with it all these things are hidden.

  • James Jack
    James Jack

    Damn, things that are simple to you are like "learning another language" for me.

    Please continue to pass on tidbits like this!

    I may have to read your topic several more times to truly understand what is happening every time I browse the Internet.

  • jookbeard

    good work, and even more satisfying to know that lurking jw's can have that extra peace of mind when they visit on here

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