Not Secure message

Discussion in 'Forum Operation Technical Support' started by 1972Mach1, Nov 5, 2018.

  1. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    On my phone and computer both, I'm getting a "Not secure" message in red by the site address every time I go to post. Is this a forum issue, or something with my computer and phone?
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  2. flynbuick

    flynbuick Super Moderator Staff Member

    It is a flag left over from an old IP address that was later given to V8 Buick which this Board then swapped out for another clean IP address. JW can verify if my diagnosis is correct.
     
  3. gsx455-4ever

    gsx455-4ever Gold Level Contributor

    I have seen this too
     
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  4. Electra Bob

    Electra Bob Well-Known Member

    This is because the site does not use a certificate which would give it an "https" secure URL

    Using a certificate encrypts information sent between your browser and the site and vice versa. This protects usernames and passwords from being 'sniffed' on an insecure network.

    If you ever use a gas station, Starbucks or McD wi-fi and browse any insecure site all of your communication is easily captured and examined by any other device on the same network.

    Bob
     
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  5. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    So, long story short (I'm not a tech guy whatsoever, I don't even own a computer), it's fine and safe to use and post on here?
     
  6. Bad Boattail

    Bad Boattail Guest

    Lucas: absolutely no problem! [​IMG]
     
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  7. Electra Bob

    Electra Bob Well-Known Member

    As long as you don't use the same username and password combination on any other site as you do here then the worst case scenario is your account on here gets compromised.

    One of the biggest mistakes people make is using the same password for everything. Weakest link and all that. If someone gets your password for here it doesn't take much sleuthing to find your real name, address and if it links to your FB page then a whole bunch of other personal details are obtainable. Next stop - your PayPal, eBay, bank, retirement accounts...

    Bob
     
  8. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Luckily the only places they'll get to are here, my big block Ford forum, and my pro-touring forum memberships haha....
     
  9. Bad Boattail

    Bad Boattail Guest

    True, but since V8Buick doesn't use the website for financial transactions, it's not really that interesting for crooks.

    And we all know that you should not use the same password for every site you have to log into.
    Also: change passwords on a regular base, like every 1st day of a new month. (it's not that hard to do, believe me)

    Don't use an e-mail address with your name and use a nickname on Facebook (if you want to use that for some reason...)
    When 1 "friend" adds you, it's like a snowball and people (friends of that friend) will be able to figure out who you really are.

    It's all very basic, but people are a wee bit too lazy and figure that they have nothing to hide.
    Until it's too late....
     
  10. Smokey15

    Smokey15 So old that I use AARP bolts.

    "Not Secure' shows on the upper left of my laptop screen. Changed to Firefox. Better now.
     
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2018
  11. Bad Boattail

    Bad Boattail Guest

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