We have recently installed a SSL (secure socket layer) certificate on the forum. The main purpose of such a certificate is to provide an extra layer of security by encrypting the communication between your browser and the site. That way, if someone were to intercept this communication, it would be very hard (read: impossible) to decrypt the information to make use of it. You can tell that a site is using an SSL certificate by the little padlock icon that shows up, usually next to the address bar in your browser.
The use of SSL certificates has become a lot more common recently since Google announced that it would start prioritising search results from SSL-enabled sites over those of non-SSL sites. So in order to maintain our excellent Google rankings, and to provide some extra security, we have now installed the SSL certificate.
In order to start using the secure connection straight away, please use this link: https://www.xj40.com
(note the https
, instead of http. The S stands for "secure"). To make the most of the security aspect, I'm planning to redirect all communication to our forum over this secure connection. This will be an automated process, there is nothing you have to do differently.
The reason this isn't done yet is because over the years lots of photos, links and other content have been posted - the majority of which are not actually hosted on our site (such as photobucket images) and use a non-SSL link. When a browser comes across a non-SSL link on a site that is SSL-enabled it usually shows a security alert - depending on your browser this can range from a yellow triangle next to the padlock icon to a warning pop-up message.
To make sure we're fully secure I have made some changes to the forum's code which should automatically convert all links, photo's etc. to their SSL-enabled equivalent. Having spent some time testing this I think it's working fine, but there are too many pages to test - and that's where I need your help!
Over the next week or so, please try using the site via the new secure link (see above). Just do whatever you normally do; read through some threads, post a new comment, send some PM's, etc. at no point should you see any security warnings or come across anything else untoward. If you do, please let me know by either posting a reply to this thread or sending me a PM and I'll investigate.
Thank you in advance!