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RTH Now Available on HTTPS

By Ryan McGreal
Published March 17, 2011

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:

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.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By MattM (registered) | Posted March 17, 2011 at 11:21:22

Looks good, thanks Ryan.

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By MattM (registered) | Posted March 17, 2011 at 11:25:56

Little note, for some reason the site keeps switching back to http. I think it happens after I submit a post. Happened twice now. Using IE 7/Windows Vista.

Edit: Confirmed, it happens as soon as I submit a post.

Comment edited by MattM on 2011-03-17 11:29:02

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By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted March 17, 2011 at 17:29:11

Woot! I've been looking into HTTPS a bunch lately. Really rad stuff.

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By TnT (registered) | Posted March 19, 2011 at 18:43:28

Perhaps unrelated, but I've been having trouble posting of late getting "Internal Server Error."

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By markstone (registered) | Posted June 15, 2019 at 09:21:31

Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is an augmentation of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It is utilized for secure correspondence over a PC arrange and is generally utilized on the Internet. In HTTPS, the correspondence convention is encoded utilizing Transport Layer Security, or, once in the past, it's antecedent, Secure Sockets Layer.

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