If you're using your computer on a public or open WIFI network, logging into the site through the secure connection will prevent anyone from "sniffing" out your userid/password. On most sites, when your not using a secure connection, form data (included userids and passwords) are passed over the network as "clear text" and there are tools out there which allow evil-doers to see information as it's transmitted over the WIFI network.
Anyway, I just figured some of you would prefer to use SSL when logging into the site.
A few notes:
- - SSL browsing is a bit slower so many of you may just want to use it when logging into the site.
- Once logged in via a secure connection, you can always change the url in your browser address box to "http://www.14ers.com" and surf without SSL.
- Instead of using the "Secure Log In" link on the top of the home page, you can always just point your browser to "https://www.14ers.com" and everything you do from there will be via a secure connection, including logging into the forum.
- Some pages (including the home page) may display an annoying pop-up warning you about unsecure items on the page. If you use IE, you've probably seen this before.
- Some links (the Like/Dislike of trip reports) will not work when browsing under SSL
- I'll be updating more pages to avoid the "unsecure" pop-ups
- I'll be updating other login pages on the site
- I'll also be adding this to the mobile version of the site as this may be quite helpful when using public wifi networks