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Forum now fully HTTPS
on: April 16, 2017, 10:51:28 PM
Please note that the site has now fully made the transition to HTTPS.

The url of the site has changed slightly from http at the beginning of the url to the more secure https (note the "s" on the end).

So the correct website address is now:      https://www.tiger-explorer.com

You might want to update any bookmarks you've made in your browser.

If you've previously posted links to maybe other topics/posts in the forum then these would have been automatically updated so you don't need to worry about them.

If we take the Chrome browser as an example, the site will now display the "Secure" icon like this:



Firefox will be similar.

Exceptions

Note that if you subsequently view a topic and your browser presents you with a "insecure page" alert then it's almost certainly because an image that's embedded in a post is coming from a non-https site. An example of this would be images posted from Photobucket.com as they currently do not have a https version of their site. When this occurs you can ignore it generally, in fact it'll happen quite often until other websites slowly switch to https (which is becoming the norm).

However, please note that if Photobucket do not make the change soon then you will not be able to use such images in your posts.

Images in Signatures

Also if you put links to images in your signature then you now need to make sure that they are hosted at a secure https source. As mentioned above, some sites like Photobucket do not use https. You cannot use images from non-https sites in your signature.

If you currently have a "Fuelly" image in your signature then we have already updated them for you (Fuelly does support https).

On a good note at least now you won't get those pesky insecure warnings when you login now !  :028:

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Re: Forum now fully HTTPS
Reply #1 on: April 17, 2017, 12:41:38 AM
Seems a bit over the top for a public forum where anything really dangerous or personal would get taken down anyway.
Its not as if we routinely post passwords or bomb making instructions here.

I note your comment re Photobucket.  The images I've posted in this forum are hosted on my own website (hosted in Canada, I think), which isn't going SSL any time soon.
So I guess all my images, and probably those of many other posters, will disappear to a dot sometime soon.

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Re: Forum now fully HTTPS
Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 10:48:40 AM
I think it's a good thing for lots of reasons including password and credential transmission.

Thanks for the update.
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Re: Forum now fully HTTPS
Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 11:24:11 AM
Seems a bit over the top for a public forum where anything really dangerous or personal would get taken down anyway.

I see what you mean but there is a big push at the moment to basically convert just about every website to https. The major browsers (Firefox. Chrome etc) and the major search engines are all behind the push. Firefox and Chrome already give "insecure" warnings when logging into non-https sites. It's disconcerting to some and could deter people joining etc. Those warnings will become more and prominent as time goes by.

Google will also be using it as a factor in search rankings, a small factor at first, then it's importance will slowly increase. Eventually this will have a significant effect on where sites appear in search engines.

So to some extent I agree with you, it could be argued that we don't sell anything or take credit cards etc so is it really necessary. Well thats true but we don't want to be penalised for the reasons I've mentioned so we're being proactive and making the change now. There are also benefits to it so that must be a good thing.

With regard to images we have our own image hosting solution coming at a later date. Essentially it will replace the ageing gallery area but with far more capabilities. It's pretty good and I'll go as far as saying that it's on par with Photobucket, Imgur, Flickr and other such sites.  :038:

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Re: Forum now fully HTTPS
Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 03:52:30 PM
I for one, want to thank you for keeping the site up to professional standards and will be looking forward to your image hosting solution. I use and like Photo Bucket , but it is a bit of a hassle to use. It would be nice to have my Explorer pics handy right here on site... :821:
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Re: Forum now fully HTTPS
Reply #5 on: April 17, 2017, 04:01:30 PM
Nice goal, SSL everywhere.  But almost every photo currently on this forum will become blocked.
Is there some way they can remain visible?  There are a lot of useful tips and info in the existing photos that will be lost.
If sites hosting photos were to go SSL, presumably the URL change from http to https would break the links?

Yeah I know these are problems all sites face.  But sad to lose a whole lot of existing contributions.

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Re: Forum now fully HTTPS
Reply #6 on: April 17, 2017, 04:02:31 PM
I tend to be a bit insecure, not so insecure that I have a leather tasseled wardrobe and a potato tiller tho.

Thank you for keeping the ones and zeros in order.   :028:



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Re: Forum now fully HTTPS
Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 06:24:03 PM
But almost every photo currently on this forum will become blocked.

No they won't, they'll be ok  :038:


If sites hosting photos were to go SSL, presumably the URL change from http to https would break the links?

We can fix that. We've already converted all the internal links on the site, we can do the same with most of the external links. For example we converted all the "Fuelly" signature links to https, we can do the same to other links as well.

We didn't just convert to https, it's a planned and phased transition taking all factors into account. We aren't done yet !  :001:

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Re: Forum now fully HTTPS
Reply #8 on: April 18, 2017, 11:16:04 PM
OK, if existing photos will remain visible, and you convert internal links as photo sites go HTTPS, then I'm happy
Sounds like a good controlled transition.  Well done.

Now if I could just crack getting a certificate to work with my website...  (I'm not very good at it.  Configuring servers is harder for me than writing a bit of HTML or PHP code).

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Re: Forum now fully HTTPS
Reply #9 on: April 19, 2017, 09:35:14 AM
Thank you Admin for the outstanding job you do at keeping this space alive and healthy!

All of this can be seen as utter overkill to the general public, but you know, it's like wearing your seatbelt when driving at 10 km/h on a deserted road. You never can tell when the environment will change.

And you all must know that if this very website was to be compromised and/or used for illegal activities, we all would suffer denial of service.

 


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