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Unsecure

Postby clee » Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:12 pm

Getting this on sign in now for some reason + It's had the un-secure lock symbol for ages in address bar .

Just noted as I didn't sign out but I had to sign again just now .
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Re: Unsecure

Postby jonc » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:15 am

Well spotted. I'm not seeing the padlock in the address bar of my browser, either.
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Re: Unsecure

Postby simontaylor » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:20 am

No padlock or https here either. I am using Chrome.

I see padlock and https on some other sites I use.
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Re: Unsecure

Postby clee » Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:21 pm

It's telling me when I enter username and password .Just had Firefox update and did it after that
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Re: Unsecure

Postby The Saint » Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:13 pm

There is no security on the site, other than the members area and payment, as there is no need.
After all it's a public site.
The only difference with the pad lock, and no pad lock, is that the data sent between you and the server is encrypted, not that the site is secure.
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Re: Unsecure

Postby mettersl » Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:17 pm

But if you want google to find the site (or at least give it a good ranking) it needs to become a https (secure) site soon.
I believe that the new rules area about making sure the site is legitimate not a fake site.
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Re: Unsecure

Postby SuperSean » Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:10 am

Hey guys. Just thought I'd drop in and give a quick explanation on a couple of things.

Regarding the padlock issue,
A padlock and https shows that a site has been secured with a digitally signed security certificate. This means that when your device connects, the data sent back and forth between the device and the server are encrypted. This is done so that as your data passes over the internet it can't be used if its intercepted. The padlock does NOT mean that the server itself, the software ruining on it, or the method is data storage is secure - that is a risk you take with any site you visit.

It is correct that this site does not have a security certificate, however the only time it asks for any financial details is when you are processing your membership fees, and that is actially not done on this site at all. In fact you are taken to the paypal website (which is secure) and afterwards returned back here.

As mentioned by mettersl, google does give higher search rankings to secured sites, so yes - it is a good idea to consider that in the future.

A more pressing issue however is the software that the site runs on. phpBB in itself is a fine piece of software, however updates and security fixes for it are very few and far between. The plugins that give the software extra abilities such as the galleries, downloads, email notifications and membership are frequently abandoned by their developers and generally take hours to get working again after an update (if they are capable of working with the new phpBB version).

As many of you know, the membership module is and has been buggy from day 1, meaning that membership status has to be manually updated - something that Vince checks and updates at least twice a day.

Vince and I have developed an update plan for the site that would involve moving the site from the current software to a new platform that would allow for not only easier updates, but much better integration wuth social media, and include a heap of new features.

While we don't mind lending our time to help keep the site up and running, we (or at least I) are concerned however that a lack of community here would mean that all that work would be wasted and the time better used on other projects.

Should there be genuine interest to getting this site updated however, I personally would love to go ahead with it.

I am currently going away for a couple of weeks, so if you'd like more info or to check out the test site, let us know. Vince has the details and should be able to let you preview it.

I look forward to hearing some feedback when i return.


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