Is The Site Secured?

@gibocam (343)
United States
November 22, 2017 6:15pm CST
You may know that if the site is secured by checking the URL, Uniform Resource Locator (e.i. https://www.xyz.com) in your browser's address bar. It is secured if the URL starts with HTTPS and not in HTTP. It means that your transactions or accounts are safe from being taken by someone without authorization unless you give it to them willingly. Check paypal's site and you'll notice their URL.
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@louievill (19653)
• Philippines
23 Nov
Not all sites need to be https or secure but sites could give an option. It's used mostly for sites that handle credit cards, bank accounts, shopping carts and the like or in short a lot of money. Paypal is an example Sites like Mylot need not be secure cause I don't think anyone would be interested to snoop into our accounts, secure sites are more expensive to maintain and most cheap hosting do not offer it, ability to cache is lost so you might be asked to login everytime. I will put it this way, for some sites its a necessity but not for all, some sites simply don't need it for practicality although they can offer members an option if they want to or if they can afford it.
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@gibocam (343)
• United States
23 Nov
It need not to be expensive. If you have your own server and a SSL certificate to handle protocols, then you're set. Yes having a secured site is optional but if you value your users, you go for it. And it might help a lot with site integration. GMail as an example does not host transactions but dedicated only in managing email but still secured. It is because some of their servers are secured. It will require secured communication between servers to function properly. It is a matter of choice. But will be difficult for development. It will be like studying Japanese but you plan to go to Mexico. If you use plugins on your site and script libraries from third party that are secured, you'll compromise your integration and end up using non-secure plugins. Communicating and transferring data from your site to other third party sites must be in sync. Try debugging some sites on your browser's console and you'll see what I mean. There will be warnings and errors on your script due to security issues. So, its up to the development team to decide cause they know the structure and resources of the site. It is like installing iTunes or Xcode on Android or Windows. It may be possible but it is a pain in development.
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@louievill (19653)
• Philippines
23 Nov
@gibocam on the contrary email should be secured cause a lot of vital information is stored there, payment processors are dependent on email such as Payza and Paypal, email is personal. I'm not saying that it would be closed that way forever, in fact as things go faster https would become standard I guess and I think even Chrome would be requiring it already, but as things are now its not all that practical since secure sites run slower, again that is an issue that is case to case basis.
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@gibocam (343)
• United States
23 Nov
@louievill I disagree with that about HTTP that will totally be out. Local servers uses HTTP. If you're creating a website, HTTP is a start and later on can be switched to HTTPS if published. For example, on your local computer, you can access your gateway usually thru 192.168.1.1. If you try that on a browser it will give you a HTTP access. Same with your ISP modems at home. If you set passphrases for your modem, you configure them thru It is HTTP still. So it would be impossible that HTTP will be out since it is the basic transfer protocol that is used in both offline and online networking.
http://192.168.1.1/index.php.
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@moirai (2243)
• Philippines
23 Nov
I was expecting you will say something about this site. Because... is it just me, or does this site not have an https version available? I normally use Chrome as my browser, but as I have mentioned in my post this morning ( due to certain problems, I had to switch and am now using Firefox for sites that I normally use Chrome for. And on Firefox, there is a clear warning on the login boxes about site security. (There may have been some warning on Chrome, too, but perhaps I've been using it for so long that I've been ignoring the warnings for some time now.) Anyway, I tried putting https in front of this site's address and it failed. So, instead of typing in my login details, I used the on-screen keyboard. I don't actually know if that will make any difference. Haha.
http://www.mylot.com/post/3129560/please-dont-fail-me-firefox),
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@gibocam (343)
• United States
23 Nov
Putting an "S" to a non-secured site will not make a difference. It is on their end. If they host the site, they have an option to include certificates to make it HTTPs. In this site, yes it is not secured but it does not mean that it is dangerous so stop using it. Not like that. It just that there will be possibilities that private information may be compromised. Let just be aware.
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@moirai (2243)
• Philippines
23 Nov
@gibocam Yep. When I tried putting an https in front, the screen said something about it being not available. So, yes, it is up to the site if they make available a more secure version. And yes, I am still here so not having an https version is not stopping me from using mylot. But the warning did say what you said about info being compromised when I type in my login details, which is why I opted to use the on-screen keyboard. I'm not entirely sure if that makes a difference though.
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@gibocam (343)
• United States
23 Nov
@moirai Using on-screen keyboard can make a little difference. It depends since keyboard is not part of the site. One possible threat for non-secured site will be phishing. That is capturing your login credentials or account from that site. A hacker can create the same look as the login page and can capture your login info. My suggestion will be, don't use account info or passwords that are the same with your other accounts from other sites. Have a set of different passwords. That way, if a hacker steal your account, it will not compromise your other accounts from other sites.
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• Thane, India
23 Nov
Yes , this is true because all online banking sites are protecting their website by using this , it give facility to encrypt and decryption message over web , it gives secure layer for communication between your browser and their server facility , I always check this HTTPS before doing any financial transaction online
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@gibocam (343)
• United States
23 Nov
That's correct, and a wise thing to do online.
@averygirl72 (16617)
• Philippines
23 Nov
I hope mylot considers this that their site is not secure. They should do something to make their site secure
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@gibocam (343)
• United States
23 Nov
It depends if they will consider that. Since this site is not relying on other platforms and having transaction on other sites, that will not be possible. Let's just be aware and alert all the times.
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@Deepizzaguy (14970)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
23 Nov
Thank you for sharing this piece of advice. Better to be safe than to be sorry.
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@gibocam (343)
• United States
23 Nov
Yes. But I'm not discouraging people not to visit non-secured site. It's their choice. Just be careful though.
@Erikm16 (53)
23 Nov
Wow I did not know that , thanks for the info