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In the next few days... STLAR.com will become Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) compliant. What does this mean... well any information you transfer to and from the website will be more secure.

 

What this really means is that you'll access the website using https:// instead of just http://

 

Some people may find that they go to their usual place on their computer or device and it looks like STLAR is gone... well it's not (well I hope not anyway) but all you have to do is put in the https://www.stlar.com and you should be back in business... <--- Don't click that link back there, it's not going to work.

 

 

And if you are particularly nerdy.... https://www.dreamhost.com/hosting/ssl-tls-certificates/

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You should be able to redirect anything that hits port 80 to 443 so anyone who hits the old address will be redirected automatically and they won't even notice.

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10 hours ago, jjester said:

Is there a way we can have the non-secure site auto forward to the secure side?

It should be automatic like Todd says... but I hedged telling people ahead of time. I'm working with a hosting service and I don't know everything about their setup. 

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Ah, yeah if you're limited to what the hosting service lets you do then maybe things aren't so easy. May the force be with you. :)

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And here we go at 6:49am

 

6:53

Success!

Secure Hosting set up for https://stlar.com/!

Please note, however, that professionally signed certificates from Let's Encrypt take a while to get set up, so we've put a self-signed certificate up in the mean time.

This self-signed certificate secure, but visitors' browsers will give them a warning until the certificate from Let's Encrypt is ready to go.

We did not add a Unique IP to your domain, so you may experience some compatibility issues with older web browsers, such as Internet Explorer on Windows XP. You can add a Unique IP at any point through the Manage Domains page.

Thanks for choosing DreamHost,

The Happy DreamHost Secure Service Adding Robot!

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Not 100% yet... I still have more reading to do... but workable for now. Everytime I try to lock down more content in .htaccess... I lose the ability to do something else.

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Ok this is far as I can take it today... without disabling some functionality... I been here 6 hrs... I gotta go do life.

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Do life. ;) I say that while I sit here and fiddle with my nonsense instead of going out for a ride. :)

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.. I mowed the lawn and pickup up dog poopy... actually in reverse order... except for one I didn't see until it was too late... the lawn mower had its way with that one...

 

Notes:

 

(1) You have to request the cert from the hosting service to be implemented

(2) Have to adjust the board software settings to allow https in the control panel.

(3) You have to accurately set the .httaccess rules to implement over the entire domain.

(4) You have to change the php global setting to implement https. (after you remember how to chmod stuff since you are a Windows guy).

(5) update any custom links you've put in the software to use https... any links off the site like to the Weather Widget... aren't https and if you want to have that... weil you just have to live with it.

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Riding mowers prevent unintentional dogshit on shoe events.

 

That's all I know and that I could not and now can find the site. 

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Thanks for everything you do Galen. Remind me to buy you some beers next time we're out. 

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And for anyone wanting to know more about SSL/TLS, in short.

 

Transport Layer Security (TLS) and its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), both frequently referred to as "SSL", are cryptographic protocols that provide communications security over a computer network.

 

Also if you cannot sleep, a more thorough explanation is available at the below link.  Just to warn you, you may be asleep before you are done with the first paragraph.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transport_Layer_Security

 

Lastly there are a few good books on cryptography, I keep telling myself I'm going to pick up and read this one.

https://www.schneier.com/books/applied_cryptography/

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Double rot13 or rot26 is my favorite form of encryption.

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Hey Khaled he acceptes pie for beer.

Just saying !

Also I will sleep better knowing the North Koreans cannot hack our website.

Thanks Galen !!

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1 hour ago, Dozer Dave said:

Hey Khaled he acceptes pie for beer.

Just saying !

Also I will sleep better knowing the North Koreans cannot hack our website.

Thanks Galen !!

Kinda looks like if we just send them pie they would mellow out?

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I mean, have we tried that yet? Might be worth a shot.

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Hell of a tangent we went on. Went from a ssl protocol to sending pies to North Korea. 

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