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Update to HTTPS on Raise the Hammer

By Ryan McGreal
Published February 06, 2012

Raise the Hammer now has its own SSL Certificate for Secure HTTP connections to the site, using the free StartSSL certification service by StartCom.

This means you should no longer get scary security warnings from your browser if you use HTTPS instead of plain HTTP to browse RTH.

When you view RTH pages using HTTPS instead of HTTP, all content transmitted over the internet between your computer and the web server is first encrypted instead of being sent in plain text. This makes it much more difficult for a malicious third party to intercept the data and read it as it travels across the network.

This change is part of our ongoing efforts to make your use of RTH more secure.


Last March, RTH introduced the ability to access the site using the HTTPS protocol. An HTTPS connection (rather than an HTTP connection) means any data transmitted between your computer and the web server (like your username and password) is encrypted so that other people cannot see your login and hijack your user account.

The drawback to that earlier method is that it used the SSL certificate of our hosting provider, Webfaction.

As a result, if you used https to connect to the site, some browsers would issue a security warning that the domain name on the certificate - - did not match the domain name of this site -

Using an SSL Certificate that is specifically dedicated to alleviates this issue.

The free StartSSL service does not include an Extended Validation Certificate, so your browser's location bar will not turn green when you connect via HTTPS. However, pages should load without any certificate warnings, and you will enjoy the security benefits of an encrypted connection to the site.


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 private guy (anonymous) | Posted February 06, 2012 at 12:48:33

Note that installing HTTPS everywhere will not result in the use of the HTTPS version of this site until you write and add rule for it, no time to show that right now by maybe Ryan will post one (Hint).

Thanks for adding this feature to the site Ryan.

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By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted February 06, 2012 at 20:23:15

On a slightly related note I recently tried to check out the Dissidents Hamilton facebook page and wasn't allowed since I don't have an account.

Good work.

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