01 March 2021: Your Connection is Secure!

It has been a long time coming, but our website now supports SSL (secure socket layer) browser connections. This means that your website traffic between our server and your browser is encrypted on-the-fly. In a world that is becoming increasingly more security (and privacy) conscious, it was really only a matter of time before we were forced to take this step. You can tell your connection to our website is secure from the lock () to the left of the URL in the address bar. Also the URL starts with “https” and not “http.” We’ve been planning on installing an SSL certificate for some time but lacked a real incentive to do so, the primary reason being cost. I’m happy to report now that the cost of purchasing an SSL certificate has dropped considerably in recent months such that it was really no longer a valid consideration given the obvious benefits of providing SSL. Another reason to go with SSL is that now days, most modern web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Opera, etc.) will complain (some more bitterly than others) when one is visiting an “insecure” website (one with a URL that starts with “http://”) especially if that website also has “mixed” secure and insecure content on it. All things considered, going with SSL security for our website just made sense.

If you have bookmarked links to our site you might want to update them to use the https URL prefix, but even if you don’t they should still work. Connections made to old-style URLS will automatically redirect to the proper secure URL. I’ve spent quite a while looking for errors and I think I’ve found (and fixed) quite a few but there’s still a chance a busted image or broken link still exists. If you find a problem, please let me know 🙂