this blog entry has been updated
Update: as of February 6, 2012, RTH now uses its own dedicated SSL certificate.
Effective immediately, you can now access Raise the Hammer using the HTTP Secure protocol:
Note that the start of the URL is "https" instead of "http". HTTPS is a protocol that encrypts requests sent from the browser to the web server and web pages sent from the server back to the browser.
Because the communications are encrypted in an HTTPS connection, it is much more difficult for third parties to intercept and eavesdrop on your browsing activity, for example if you are using a shared public wifi network to access the internet. Tools like Firesheep demonstrate just how easy it is 'hijack' an unencrypted browser session on a public wifi network.
A few caveats:
RTH uses the security certificate of WebFaction, our hosting provider. That means you may get a scary warning when you try to connect to RTH via HTTPS saying that there is a mismatch between the website domain and the certificate. Depending on your browser, you will be prompted to accept the connection anyway and/or add an exception for this domain.
Because all communications between your browser and the web server are encrypted on an HTTPS connection, page loading will be a bit slower than it is on an unencrypted HTTP connection.
This change is part of our ongoing efforts to make your use of RTH more secure.
Update: updated to note that RTH now uses its own SSL certificate, not WebFaction's certificate.