Doing Our Small Part to Secure the Web

As of yesterday, we made a small but significant change to Lawyerist.com by securing the site with SSL. Now, every page address on Lawyerist.com starts with HTTPS and displays a padlock in your browser. Making HTTPS the default means your browsing activity on Lawyerist.com is private.

Back in 2011, Wired asked why more sites weren’t using HTTPS by default. Then Edward Snowden showed us what the NSA has been doing, and sites started turning on HTTPS by default. Earlier this year Google even dangled a carrot, announcing that it would give HTTPS-secured sites a boost in its search rankings. We are just the latest site to adopt HTTPS by default.

Since the switch, we have spotted just two minor issues:

  1. The share counts on our social media badges have reset. No biggie.
  2. Some of our links and embedded videos are missing. We will fix these as we find them (feel free to tell us if you spot an obvious missing link or a gaping hole where an embedded video ought to be).

Also, one caveat. We can’t do the same for the Lab because Vanilla Forums wants a quite-frankly exorbitant $60/month to add SSL. We’re looking at our options (including moving to another platform), but for now the Lab will remain HTTP-only.

If you want to increase privacy across the web, not just while visiting Lawyerist, install the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and TOR. It will ensure that you connect via HTTPS whenever possible. (Many sites have HTTPS certificates but are not set up for HTTPS by default.)

As always, please let us know if you encounter any problems on Lawyerist.com, whether they seem related to HTTPS or not.

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  • Alex

    Nice! As far as SSL, rapidSSL plus flywheel hosting are my satisficing solutions.

  • Janet Elie Faulkner

    This is a good step. I’m a privacy lawyer, and adding the SSL is a simple but very important tool. Some other website developing sites charge by the year for the SSL.