Archive for November, 2007

Don’t be SSLy!

One of my pet rants is on SSL, or specifically the inappropriate use of SSL on large websites. This is hardly a novel problem, yet even Fortune 500 bank websites continue to make this glaring mistake on their homepages.

A common scenario:

You need to log into your bank / credit card / mortgage company. You go to, and up comes their home page with a typical login panel (“Login:”, “Password:”). The URL is still HTTP but there’s a nice padlock icon next to the “Submit” button, and lots of “Hacker safe” iconography everywhere. Having confidence that the site is truly “safe for hackers”, you enter your information and hit submit. Right?

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