non https registration pages

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Rowf, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. Rowf macrumors regular

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    Wasn't sure where to put this but why do some sites not encrypt registration pages?
    I went to register a graphics tablet on the Wacom site and it doesn't use https.
    If a site expects you enter personal details surely they should take steps to ensure that your personal information is protected.

    Is there a way to use a secure connection for pages that don't provide their own?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Because it's expensive and unreliable. The entire certificate authority system is a joke, anyways.
     
  3. Rowf thread starter macrumors regular

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    Expensive it maybe but what's the point of making an account password when the initial entering of it on the page maybe accessible to anyone who has a passing interest?

    Maybe I've read too many security articles but I'm pretty sure that most advice says not to enter personal information on unsecured pages.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Because it's not accessible to "anyone with a passing interest." Intercepting internet traffic in a targeted way takes more than passing interest. A dedicated attacker isn't going to be stopped by an https website if they really want your information anyways.

    If a page is unsecured you can either choose to sign up for the service or you can choose not to.
     
  5. Rowf thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can't argue with that.
    Just a bit put out at the slack way that some companies handle customer info.
    I'll make my choice.
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It's pretty unfortunate. It's also not going to change until legislation forces them to, or until a major breach occurs that causes public outcry (see: Sony PS3).
     

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