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My link is not longer secure. Keep getting pop up ads when logged into this site. Linda S, the banner at top of my iPhone page says “Not Secure” before toyotamotorhome.org. Could you email me what steps I should take to get back to a secure page? As of now I’m deleting my current link. Thanks, Fred 

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On 9/8/2019 at 7:21 PM, fred heath said:

My link is not longer secure. Keep getting pop up ads when logged into this site. Linda S, the banner at top of my iPhone page says “Not Secure” before toyotamotorhome.org. Could you email me what steps I should take to get back to a secure page? As of now I’m deleting my current link. Thanks, Fred 

Fred, the primary reason the term "Not Secure" is placed on the browser is because the site owner, or the site provider have not or cannot set up the security settings, in a way that the site is shown with the https:// prefix.  This does not mean that it is compromised and it very unlikely it has been hacked or hi-jacked.  The quickest and easiest way to instigate a high level of security (i.e. https:// prefix) is to start using either a different browser, which can accept an app from a web store that forces the browser to change up the browser security level to the secured state.  So some of the browsers that can accept this extension (app) are Chrome (latest addition) Brave, and Firefox.  In addition, you might consider what type of antivirus software you are using, if it enforces banners, ads, cookies etc., blocking.  Finally examine your antivirus /security and determine if it set up to reduce ad blocking and cookies that increase the likeihood of ads.  If it does not and you are using "free" anti-virus software, consider buying one of the more recognized versions out there.

 

Boots.

 

 This levels of security, might also be found in the "settings of the browsers themselves.

 

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Or like the message I sent him it can be a simple as a cookie you've picked up. They pop up over and over again and sometimes try to get you to download their software all the time looking like your browser. Clear your cookies and they are gone. Owner of this site is a serious computer guy. We have one of the safest groups online.

Linda S

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Hi Fred,

I work on websites every day (my 9-5er). 

Historically, websites have used the HTTP protocol - as this site currently does - "http://toyotamotorhome.org". For the past few years now, most websites have been transitioning over from HTTP to HTTPS. HTTPS provides additional security to the user of the website - i.e., helps protect information sent and received on the website and helps to protect information that could potentially be stolen.

On websites that have not made the transition to HTTPS, most browsers now show that "Not Secure" warning.

Note that this warning does NOT mean that the website is currently affected by malware, nor does it mean hackers are currently lying in wait ready to steal your information. It just means that there is the possibility as the website is incapable of of providing a secure connection and therefore, it is open to such things happening in the future.

There is a super easy and inexpensive fix to this though. The owner of this website could just purchase an SSL certificate (to be renewed every year) and install/enable the HTTPS protocol on the website's server. Then, instead of seeing the "Not Secure" warning, we'll all see a lock icon and the URL will then read "https://toyotamotorhome.org". Easy peasy. :D

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Except that no one else has reported seeing any "Not Secure" notices. If you have I'd like to know. Can you explain it only happening to one person?

I remember one member complaining about our site having ads for porn sites. Well the ads you see are based on your computers web browsing. Not from our site. Hmm so who have you visited lately. 

Linda S

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Hi Linda,

I see the "Not Secure" warning in my Chrome browser and in my Safari browser (when on my iPhone). In addition, if for example, you're on the Firefox browser you might not see any warning, however if you click on the little "i" to the direct left of the URL, you'll see that it shows the website connection is not secure due to the website not being HTTPS. Also, sometimes in place of showing a warning you might see a browser show a lock icon with a red slash through it. That means the same thing as the Chrome or Safari "Not Secure" warning.

As for the member that complained about seeing ads for porn sites, that is a direct reflection on the sites that person has browsed hahahaha.

The ads on this website are called "display ads". Majority of the time display ads are used as retargeting campaigns - which basically means that the ads are served to users who have already visited a specific website or been looking up a specific product or topic. So the aim of the ads are to "retarget" the user and encourage the user to return to the website or buy a product related to something they've been looking up.

In the case you mentioned, it was most likely porn website ads encouraging that person to come back and visit the porn sites he/she visited in the past.  😂😂😂

 

Edited by AmyDC

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I see nothing. Not in Microsoft Edge on my laptop or Chrome on my phone. All looks normal. The owner of this site will buy upgrades when the members start paying dues. He already has supported this site on his own for many years and there are hundreds if not thousands  of people who have benefited from his kindness. 

Linda S

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Hi Linda,

I agree completely about the kindness of the owner of this site. I’ve learned so much the short while I’ve been here. As someone who manages websites for a living, I know from experience that it takes a whole lot of time and money to do what he’s been doing! Wish I could take the guy out for dinner or something to show my appreciation!! 

Regarding the HTTP status of the site, I was just explaining the facts of what it means, not telling anyone what they must or must not do. Personally, I have no problem with interacting on this site even though it’s HTTP.  😊

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I get the not secure warning. W10 and Firefox.

I also run Ghostery and an ad blocker

My anti virus is Webroot

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Yes several sites I use say "not secure but they are known sites and not something a hacker would be interested in. I do run a very strong antivirus program it's pretty good at picking up questionable stuff.

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Just noting, as a full time web developer myself, that AmyDC is right on the money, in terms of the http/https protocol and SSL information she posted.

Sites that don’t use https are not necessarily a problem, but many browsers now will flag them as “insecure,” as a prudent warning for users (because those sites are more vulnerable). 

(It is kinda fun that this issue is filed under “electrical” haha)

Edited by Ctgriffi

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