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Introducing HTTPS: making Conversocial more secure

By Anna Drennan on Aug 9, 2011 4:03:00 PM

We’ve made Conversocial’s security tighter by introducing HTTPS. For those of you, like me, who are not familiar with internet security, I thought I’d share a little information on how the change will affect you.

HTTPS will have no impact upon how you use Conversocial. You will set passwords and log in in exactly the same way – all you will notice is an extra ‘s’ and a padlock in the browser bar. 

The real changes take place behind the scenes. We encrypt all data sent between your browser and our website, including your password, which means that it cannot be so easily picked up en route to us. If picked up by hackers, they would find it much harder to decipher passwords and pretend to be logged in as you.  

Facebook made their own progression to HTTPS following the Tunisian uprising at the beginning of this year. To protect their users from the government’s wide-scale password theft, Facebook routed all Tunisian requests to an HTTPS server, which successfully overcame hacking risks and was the first stage of making Facebook more secure for all users.

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Although this change will enhance the security of your Conversocial account, basic principles of password protection still apply. If someone can get hold of your details in their raw unencrypted form, your account is still at risk.

We’d like to advise that you take care of your account by following a few basic principles of security:

  • Avoid saving passwords on shared or public computers.
  • Log out after each session, especially on a public computer.
  • Change your password regularly.
  • Protect your own computer with a password.
  • Don’t share your login details with others.

 

If you have any questions about HTTPS, or the security of your Conversocial account, don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

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