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Converting the site to https

I've bought an SSL certificate, so I'm starting work on converting the site to use https instead of http. If everything works, you shouldn't see anything change (except that the URLs you'll get will start with https). But, of course, that's being optimistic, so my apologies in advance if you start getting weird error messages.

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...wear my tin hat when I post online?

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Next up, monorail.

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stenography in any way?

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Secure stenography!

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You misspelled "Steganography." Hope this helps

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That certs cost money reminded me to make another small contribution toward UHub's costs, also in a small way towards helping Adam become an idle, lazy billionaire.

Click the "Support Now" button to the right if you want to do the same

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so I can get the Tote Bag?

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for the official U-Hub space saver?

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I have my own driveway, but I still want one

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When has having a driving ever stopped someone from using a space saver for the entire winter?

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holy cow I need this

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Get an old Uhaul, paint "If it's happening in Boston, it's first on UniversalHub.com", and floor it down Storrow drive.

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No, no -- it should be on a helicopter!

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This would be a good viral video....

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Certs don't necessarily cost money: https://letsencrypt.org/

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I really appreciate it!

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letsencrypt.org gives you free certs. They even have bash scripts that you can plug into your crontab to automatically renew the certs every year. That's what I use for my websites. Just a suggestion.

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I also use LetsEncrypt.org certs for several of my own sites. No fuss, free, and a little script renews them automatically. They're planning on releasing wildcard certs early next year.

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Yay wildcard certs!

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My host sells certificates for something cheap, like $20 for three years, so I just went with that.

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Is there way to know your funding goals. When I donate to the Uhub effort I usually just pick a number and hit send.

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goes to fund the Universal hub helicopter.

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Why go to https?

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Your username and password are encrypted and transmitted securely. Not that we're exchanging any sensitive info on this website, but it is still a nice feature to have.

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Google will soon start (may already be) penalizing sites that aren't using it. Since the bulk of my ad revenue depends on how many people see pages, well, yes, it's something I'd have to worry about.

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My usual answer is "because there's no reason for any website to be unencrypted". Times have moved on, and people are finally realizing that security is important -- it's no longer time to ask "hey, why does this need to be secured?" but instead "why does this need to be unsecured?".

On a more practical level:

  • I use a password to sign in here. That shouldn't be exposed to my ISP, my friend's malware-infested home router, or the people in the cafĂ© where I'm using WiFi.
  • It's nice to not have my ISP know which pages I view on a news site. My business. It's not like viewing the posts about turkeys is my secret shame or anything, I just don't want to have to think about it. Casual privacy.
  • ISPs sometimes do ugly stuff like inject ads or malware into unsecured sites. Securing them prevents this.
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As you say, "Why WOULDN'T you?"

On the other hand, I'm not revealing anything "private" here, as it's a public board for all to see. People can tap my line and read my thoughts secretly or they can wait 2 seconds and read them on the site. Meh.

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Agreed, it's not a high-priority site... unlike the BBC. *glares across the Atlantic*

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into connection streams.

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