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Old 02-03-2020, 04:16 PM   #1
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Forum update this week - SSL

This week you will see a small change in the address bar of your browser as we move to an all SSL platform. (more reading here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTPS)

For a long while now the forum login pages (where password info is passed) have been secure (httpS) but as noted by many, the rest of the site was not. We had delayed updating the entire site because there are thousands of links in posts to offsite images that are not https and those images might break (not display in posts). As those links recede in the rear-view mirror with the passage of time, we're hoping this will not be a major problem for forum readers. Look for the little lock icon in your browser address bar this week.

If you are an app user and run into trouble after the update, you may need to remove and reinstall the app.
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Old 02-04-2020, 07:54 PM   #2
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We had delayed updating the entire site because there are thousands of links in posts to offsite images that are not https and those images might break (not display in posts). As those links recede in the rear-view mirror with the passage of time, we're hoping this will not be a major problem for forum readers.
I hope the forum administrators realize that this does not need to be a problem. The site can use HTTPS and still allow non-secure (plain HTTP) linked images to display (the mixed status would be shown in the browser information bar, just as it is now). Unfortunately another forum that I use - also on vBulletin software but not operated by Social Knowledge - chose to block non-secure images, and the result of this (and other transition issues) has been a mass abandonment of the forum as many images no longer display. The EscapeForum may be less sensitive to the accessibility of old images (due to the tendency to upload images to the forum servers, and due to a more transient use of threads) than that other forum, but it's a problem which can be avoided.
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