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ISPreview.co.uk Site Status Update – HTTP to HTTPS Secure

Friday, September 8th, 2017 (5:03 pm) - Score 764

Please accept our apologies if the website was redirecting in an unusual way for 2-3 hours this afternoon. The reason for that is because after a lot of preparation work we’ve made the subtle but important move from an unencrypted (HTTP) to an encrypted / secure (HTTPS) website.

Personally I’m not a huge fan of saying that HTTPS is equal to a “secure” site because encrypting all the communications between your browser and the website doesn’t stop all sorts of other potential attack vectors or vulnerabilities. Similarly it’s largely unnecessary on a news and information website like ISPreview.co.uk as we don’t handle any financial transactions etc.

On the other hand Google and others have for a long time been pushing websites to adopt HTTPS and over the past year a number of major browsers have also started throwing up irritating security warnings on login / password forms. In that sense I’ve been planning to shift to HTTPS since the end of last year and after getting other projects out of the way I’m pleased to report that this has now been completed.

Generally readers shouldn’t notice much difference, although you may spot a nice padlock icon next to your browser’s address bar for our site and of course the URL will start HTTPS instead of HTTP. Some older articles or forum pages with embedded links to HTTP images and videos may show a minor warning due to mixed content (calling http links inside an https page will do that) but this is nothing to worry about.

Finally, we’d also ask that any forum members with a signature image that links to a remote HTTP site could kindly update that to an HTTPS link (usually you just swap the two around and it’ll be fine, unless the remote server doesn’t yet support HTTPS).

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7 Responses
  1. Avatar MrDC101 says:

    Good work mark, HTTPS for everyone!

  2. Avatar Adam says:

    You can use an htaccess tweak to fix any mixed content and force the server to use https

    It’s also possible depending on the content delivery platform to change the links to // this will use the server default.

    Great work on the update to ssl

  3. Avatar captain.cretin says:

    Yey !! No more insecure site warnings from FireFox (I hope)

  4. Avatar spurple says:

    Thanks, and I hope you’ve also got a mobile-responsive site theme in the works too…

    1. Mark Jackson Mark Jackson says:

      We’ve already got an experimental one, although at present it only shows on individual news articles. ISPreview doesn’t have the resources of big commercial sites and so development follows a slower pace (90%+ of my own work is content). However the mobile style should soon start to spread around more sections 🙂 .

  5. Avatar David says:

    Great too see Mark and also a good choice for the higher encryption option I see 🙂

    I agree as you say http / https both have issues with vulnerability’s but I like the fact it causes minor problems but extra “small” costs for bulk collection of our browsing history / metadata by ISP’s and governments (UK!) to profile us. Also setting up an account is a bit safer as password / username are not transmitted in plain text 🙂

    My Lynx (old web browser) for linux now complains but I can live with this.

    Good Job

    ” HTTPS Everywhere ” by the EFF is a good add-on for firefox at forcing http to https in the background

    David

  6. Avatar SSLFan says:

    Important not just for encryption on-the-wire but establishing service authenticity too. Good work.

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