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Friday, May 06, 2016

HTTPS Redirect in Blogger

Update July 8, shown at bottom: 
(original post was May 8, 2016)

Hi, Crafting Friends! 

A little BLOGGER help for you:

I have tried to use "lay man" words below to help you make a decision regarding Blogger's SSL Option.

Hope it helps, and I hope I'm accurate enough.

First, if you want to see the changed dashboard options please visit Chuck's blog here.

Second, To see Blogger's Official view of the new option, please visit Blogger's blog here.

Now - the (hopefully) easy explanation:

What is a Proxy Server?  Most of us do not use proxies from our homes.

It appears the primary change MAY affect our followers who access our blogs strictly through a proxy server.

That means their device accesses the internet through another service, (rather than the way our homes offer internet service to us privately).  Those users possibly use a "work around" to access the internet outside their employer's knowledge, or perhaps use a "free" service at a public location.

For those of us with direct connections from our homes to the internet, nothing should change.

But if someone does all their accessing from a location that has limitations on what they (the user) can view, then THEY possibly may no longer be able to visit our blogs because of the new SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) address and encrypted protocol (system or set of rules).

My understanding is that for a proxy server to access a SSL location (aka a HTTPS location), the owner (of the server) pays a higher premium that would allow all their users to use SSL. They may or may not wish to pay for it, thus limiting access to secure websites.

According to Chuck Croll of The Real Blogger Status, forcing SSL on our blogs will not make our blog readers more secure. But it may cause some other problems for our followers, and possibly for those who have their own servers.

Hackers? Worms?

According to Exware Support Site, most of us are not endangered by NON SSL sites. They say:

Most attacks on websites are actually done in one of the following ways:
  1. The server is attacked directly.  SSL does not protect you from this.  Rather, you need to have a good IT security policy to protect your server.
  2. The user is attacked directly, either by infecting their PC with malware, or by using "phishing" to steal their passwords.  SSL does not protect you from this, either.  To protect your own PC from this, you need to use a good anti-virus program, and use lots of common sense and a small amount of paranoia when on the Internet.  However, it is unrealistic to expect that all the PCs of all of your website visitors will be adequately protected.
In other words, SSL does very little to prevent the website from being hacked.  It only prevents 3rd parties from listening to communications between the user and the website.


One error followers and readers might receive is found here.

If you have a domain name - more info here.

If I have used any words or phrases incorrectly, please let me know - I am mostly trying to convey to my non-techie blogging buddies what this might mean to us.

I do not plan on implementing the new SSL option, mostly because I know there are followers using proxy servers.

UPDATE July 8, 2016

It appears more and more problems are arising from implementing the SSL option - unforeseen consequences for crafters such as ourselves. Among them are a loss of past URL links, a loss of some features, inability to use custom domain, error messages when people try to access our profiles when trying to return-leave a comment.

Computer Hugs,


Linda said...

Hi Donna, I think it is really sweet and kind of you to share this. Thank you so much.

Linda Simpson said...

Hi Donna, a great read and brilliant explanation. I will be keeping mine as it is too. Enjoy your weekend.
Linda xxx

Lisa said...

Thank you so much for sharing this my friend!! I'm going to keep mine as it is now, too. Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Lori Kobular said...

Great information Donna! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Patricia St Martin said...

Good information, thanks for sharing.
Hugs Pat

Verna Angerhofer said...

Thanks for the information. I was always thinking me and my readers would be safer but that may not be the case. I had changed mine to HTTPS but I might consider changing back to the old way then. Oh, it is so good to have a techie friend like you around! I love you....<3

crafty-stamper said...

Thank you for sharing but I will be keeping mine as it is too
Carol x

MaryH said...

Thanks for researching and sharing this very valuable info. I have visited some blogs where I get popups that are sort of like a 'warning' of some kind. It makes me a bit nervous to try to continue viewing long enough to leave a comment. I don't think a lot of people understand, it's not just enough to have virus software, you have to keep it updated and run scans...cause sooner or later, everybody gets some kind of 'bug'. Our router - which was supposed to be very secure - got hacked. I also have a malware program that I run regularly. And don't follow embedded links unless I know it's a bit secure (that often crosses my mind when I link to things in my post). I may have to rethink doing that in future - don't want to scare my readers. I hope nothing changes here with my setup...but if it does, it does. Just will have to figure out how to work with it. Happy Sunday. TFS - Hugs

Conniecrafter said...

All this stuff is just so confusing to me, thanks for making it clearer :)

Becky said...

I am so hopelessly computer illiterate. Thanks for helping to make this less confusing.

cotnob said...

Thank you for the information Donna.
x said...

Thank you so much Donna for explaining things in a way that everyone can understand. Love Alison xx

Olga Fink said...

Thank you for sharing!
xoxo Olga

Darlene said...

Thanks for taking the time to share this valuable info with us Donna! Now I have a question and feel free to email me the answer. How do I AVOID the switch. Do I need to go somewhere and click on NO I DON'T WANT TO HAVE THIS CHANGE IMPLEMENTED or something? Sounds like I'm wiser to keep mine the same as it currently is. Thanks again for the info and your help. HUGS to you!!

Petra Swart said...

Thank you so much for all of this, Donna!!!! I'm not very clued-up when it comes to technical stuff, but it all makes sense!!!!
Have a great day!!!

*Vicki* said...

Thanks for sharing this info! :)

Diane said...

Yikes, I am so 'un-techie' it isn't even I guess I just leave everything 'as is' and it should work fine, yes? LOL...see I told you I am not a 'puter' person...hope you had a great weekend my friend!!


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