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Old 04-15-2017, 04:46 AM   #1
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I mainly use firefox. with it recent upgrade, I had to install all new add-ons.
Not a problem, just took some time for me to find what I wanted.

One add-on I noticed was one that would change HTTP to HTTPS.
Here's the address for it:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...cb-dl-featured

Is this really possible?
With the problems we've had on the forums, would this work for us?
Would it work for any site?

I hope our resident experts will chime in on this.
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:27 AM   #2
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What the plugin does is if you visit a HTTP Url, it checks if there is a HTTPS respective Url available and if, establish the secured connection for you. It can't make HTTP into HTTPS on it's own. The server has to provide HTTPS in any case.
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Old 04-15-2017, 12:47 PM   #3
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I mainly use firefox. with it recent upgrade, I had to install all new add-ons.
Not a problem, just took some time for me to find what I wanted.

One add-on I noticed was one that would change HTTP to HTTPS.
Here's the address for it:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...cb-dl-featured

Is this really possible?
With the problems we've had on the forums, would this work for us?
Would it work for any site?

I hope our resident experts will chime in on this.
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What the plugin does is if you visit a HTTP Url, it checks if there is a HTTPS respective Url available and if, establish the secured connection for you. It can't make HTTP into HTTPS on it's own. The server has to provide HTTPS in any case.

what he said ^^^^
*and the forums are already , or have been for a while now , connected via https, as is the main site. Atleast that's how I've been connected.
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Old 04-15-2017, 02:19 PM   #4
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Apparently he has no idea what HTTPS is.
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What the plugin does is if you visit a HTTP Url, it checks if there is a HTTPS respective Url available and if, establish the secured connection for you. It can't make HTTP into HTTPS on it's own. The server has to provide HTTPS in any case.
I see. I couldn't figure how a lowly add-on could change to a secure connection all by itself.
Didn't make sense to me, but with the rapid advance in programing it wouldn't surprise me if someone does do it.
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Old 04-17-2017, 12:53 PM   #7
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I see. I couldn't figure how a lowly add-on could change to a secure connection all by itself.
Didn't make sense to me, but with the rapid advance in programing it wouldn't surprise me if someone does do it.
well, you can't just make a protocol change itself, which is why they either create new ones that are more secure, or tunnel them within one that is.
That add on is a pretty handy way to check for and apply a secure connection for most people who wouldn't even know the difference between the two. This is something I think you'll likely find as a default action in most web browsers before too long.
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Old 04-17-2017, 09:51 PM   #8
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well, you can't just make a protocol change itself, which is why they either create new ones that are more secure, or tunnel them within one that is.
That add on is a pretty handy way to check for and apply a secure connection for most people who wouldn't even know the difference between the two. This is something I think you'll likely find as a default action in most web browsers before too long.
that's the way I was thinking when I 1st saw this add-on.
How the F could it literally make a secure url?

I was actually thinking with this add-on somebody had done this!
Wouldn't surprise me if it did happen though.
After 35+ years in electronics and computers, I've learned never to say never. If somebody says it can't be done, there's 10 people out there trying to figure how to do just that.

With the exponential growth in programming and coding no one individual can keep up with it anymore. That's why we gave it up some years back, and just sub-contracted it out. Was faster, cheaper, and lot less stress on our middle-aged brains!
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