"This information can be read by a third party.."

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by msw123307, May 19, 2009.

  1. msw123307 macrumors 6502

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    What do you all do when you receive this pop up (firefox)? "do you wish to continue? this info could be easily read by a third party, it's unencrypted, etc.."

    I've been getting it every now and then on a few sites. One happened today after I input my password somewhere. Who could read it? If my network is secure, am I ok? If not, why in 2009 are sites not prepared to protect their users?
     
  2. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    I suppose it depends what site you're on. If it's a bank website, I'd definitely not continue, but if it's some silly secure server there for no reason other than to look secure (Microsoft Hotmail), then I would just continue. The likelihood of anything happening is so low it's probably worth the risk. :)
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    It means that anyone between you and the server you are connecting to can read the transmitted data.
     
  4. msw123307 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok - i understand, but who can be between those two places? the owner of a network? sorry im not that familiar with this.
     
  5. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Your ISP, and every server that the data travels through to go from your computer to the end server. Normally, thats around a dozen or so servers.
     

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