Why don't forums use https for logging in?

  YinHoNg 19:07 04 Apr 08

I'm just reading about website security, SSL, https etc and I'm a bit confused/worried.

If forums (such as PC Advisor) don't use https for login details does that mean that username and passwords are sent in plain text across the web? i.e. without encryption?

If data is sent in plain text across the web, isn't it really insecure since people can things called 'sniffer' programs which track the data sent over a network? Or are sniffer programs only effective in small LANs, and not the internet?

  anskyber 19:17 04 Apr 08

An interesting question but not one I can answer.

Our own Forum Editor is very helpful and it may be if you contact him direct through "Contact Forum Editor" above he might be willing to contribute.

I should add I would not usually recommend this route but it is of interest to the PCA "tribe" here (!)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:15 04 Apr 08

How bad is it going to be if some one prints something in this forum while pretending to be you?

The worse that can happen is the FE bans you.

Anyway he's got a pretty good idea whether its a correct posting or not and an e-mail to him would probably sort things out anyway.

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