The flaming red alert box!

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The flaming red alert box!

Postby mjr » 24 Jan 2017, 5:36pm

"If the HTTPS site does work for you, you can dismiss this announcement by hovering over the top right-hand corner and clicking the cross that appears" - but don't worry, it'll be back again on your next visit. Could someone make it so clicking the cross gets rid of it unless we visit the insecure version, or some such, please?
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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby mjr » 24 Jan 2017, 5:38pm

Ooooh, here's another fun thing: if you have lots of tabs open, one per unread topic, and click the X on the red alert in one window, then when you click X on the red alert in another window, it'll display the wrong topic. Probably not worth fixing, but confusing.
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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby drossall » 24 Jan 2017, 9:51pm

Just change to the https: site and update your bookmarks? The days are coming when we'll use http: by default anyway.

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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby fishfright » 24 Jan 2017, 9:53pm

Why the change to a secure link ? Monetising the forum in some way or data mining for fun and profit ?

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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby rjb » 24 Jan 2017, 10:01pm

i get the tappatalk offer every time i access the site. it directs me to the app store which then says its not compatible with my device. :( so i then go back to the ctc site and i cant access the https site either as my ipod is not capable of accessing it, BTW my Ipod is fully up to date with IOS 6 the latest version it will accept. Its getting to the point where they expect you to buy the latest offering as soon as they launch it. :roll: I would rather spend my money on something bike related rather than the latest phone :twisted:
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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby mjr » 24 Jan 2017, 10:11pm

drossall wrote:Just change to the https: site and update your bookmarks?

I have changed and updated the bookmarks. The red box still reappears occasionally.
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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby gaz » 24 Jan 2017, 10:21pm

mjr wrote:Ooooh, here's another fun thing: if you have lots of tabs open, one per unread topic, and click the X on the red alert in one window, then when you click X on the red alert in another window, it'll display the wrong topic.

Unable to replicate that issue. Firefox 51.0 on Win10.
mjr wrote:I have changed and updated the bookmarks. The red box still reappears occasionally.

Updated bookmarks. Red box appearing every new browser session. No big deal.
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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby thirdcrank » 25 Jan 2017, 8:42am

I'm generally frightened by the unknown, and as most computer stuff is a mystery to me, I'm wary of clicking on anything unusual without a trusted explanation. Previously, just about every change on here has been accompanied by an explanatory announcement. Is an official explanation in a thread possible here? (Then I can come out from hiding under the eiderdown. :oops:

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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby Psamathe » 25 Jan 2017, 10:43am

Just block it. I saw it, tried it, used it (https:) a few times and killed of the box and have not seen it since (using my computer NOT any close boxes or anything). Didn't use any little "X" in any boxes - just blocked it as an unwanted element to the page.

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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby Bez » 25 Jan 2017, 12:43pm

Not an official explanation, but: using https essentially means your login details (among everything else) are encrypted. Which means that they can't be easily stolen by someone else on the same network. You shouldn't notice any difference other than a green lock next to the URL in your browser.

FWIW the box keeps coming back for me even after updating the bookmark (Chrome on Android).

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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 25 Jan 2017, 1:23pm

Hi,
Assuming your device has a Secure password................ :?: ..................fido............buttons.............. :)
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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby Psamathe » 25 Jan 2017, 1:27pm

I just used

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forum.cyclinguk.org###phpbb_announcement

Which I assume will block all announcements - so I'll probably remove it after everybody is happy with the change and that announcement removed. Of course it depends on how you block out things you don't want on your computer but the above should be pretty good for browser based blockers compatible with Adblock/uBlock/Adblock+/etc.

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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby drossall » 25 Jan 2017, 6:47pm

Bez wrote:Not an official explanation, but: using https essentially means your login details (among everything else) are encrypted. Which means that they can't be easily stolen by someone else on the same network. You shouldn't notice any difference other than a green lock next to the URL in your browser.

Yes, but the point here is to put the whole site under https: Sign-ins have always happened under https:

The problem with only doing sign-ins like that is that your session cookies and so on are exchanged unencrypted after you've signed in. That opens up a small-ish risk of compromise. Sites used to minimise use of https: because all the en/decryption slows things down, but with faster machines now it's not an issue.

So, sites are increasingly using https: throughout.

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Re: The flaming red alert box!

Postby Bez » 25 Jan 2017, 9:18pm

Yeah, sorry. 'Twas what I meant but perhaps I ended up confusing matters rather than simplifying them :)