Re: Re: NYRMB Now In SSL Mode


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Posted by Allan Sniffen on July 01, 2018 at 07:04:47:

In Reply to: Re: NYRMB Now In SSL Mode posted by Gary West on July 01, 2018 at 00:46:11:

Gary, the reason for this is that in July Google's next Chrome update will result in the browser offering up a very visible warning when you visit a non "https" (non SSL) web site. Google is also favoring https sites in its search engine rankings. Plus they may start to tag non https sites as "insecure" on search results. As you know from running a web site, any (or all) of those things will kill a website. Potential visitors will see warnings and stay away.

What made it hard here is that over the 22 years I've been running these sites, I centralized my files. Each board script ran from the same directory as the others. You can't do that with SSL. Each has to run under its own domain (nyrmb.com, nybhb.com, oldiesboard.com etc.). So all the scripts had to be moved into individual directories and then configured to work with the original board indexes. You can't believe what a huge PIA that is and I had to do it multiple times. It was relatively easy to set up the non-interactive sites.

We're not doing financial transactions here. The most "sensitive" thing we do is the e-mail forms (send me an e-mail via the link at the bottom of the board as an example). I have those for me, Jon Wolfert and Mike Riccio. I suppose someone could send in something sensitive there. But, really, what are the odds?

This has been a days long task that I started last weekend. Then Dan died which totally blew me away and took away my ability to focus for a couple of days. I think -- THINK -- it's done. But every time I believe so, there's something not working right. I guess this is the price I pay for managing it all myself...


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