Just two weeks after changing web hosts, I changed hosts yet again. Though this time it wasn’t because I was unhappy per se. It was because of a couple of reasons both relating to security. Not only for myself, but everyone who breezes by here. The gator offered me full functionality of my security software, but wanted to charge me serious cash for a SSL certificate. Even if I had my own, they wanted a fee to allow me to install it. I wasn’t having that.
You see, recently Google Chrome started… I’m not going to say “shaming” but alerting visitors to sites like mine that they were unsecured simply because they don’t have a SSL certificate and use https to encrypt any data the visitor may share. Still that’s like going to the neighbors house and seeing a red light on outside their door because they don’t have a video surveillance system installed. You know the neighbors and you trust them. But somehow now you have an uneasy feeling going over there just because someone else says boo. However, I get it. Plus, it’s only a matter of time that all other top browsers follow that example.
However, when I read this, I was shocked at the insane prices of a SSL cert. A decent one was between $30 and $100 per year. Anything free was only good for 1 – 3 months as a trial version. As I mentioned before, this site makes me no money. Sure I have donate buttons. I think they last donation I got was 5 years ago to put towards a Ventrilo server I was renting for voice chat. That’s fine, I don’t expect anyone to donate unless I do something for them first. Lately I haven’t felt like fixing anyone’s computer. Frankly I work too much and am spread too thin. I try to enjoy my life outside of work. Not work more.
Anyway, Bob alerted me to an organization who was out to help secure the web by offering free (and donation backed) SSL certificates. However, you really need a web host that supports the system automatically as they renew every 60-90 days. They’re called Let’s Encrypt. So two nights of research and review scouring. I settled on a web host here in Michigan. Spent the weekend moving files and fixing non-secure links. I have most of my websites they way I want them.
However, I’ve had CastleRain since 1999. This iteration of CastleRain has been around since 2006 and contains over 500 posts. That’s a lot of my life documented 🤔 It’s going to take me a few weeks to tweak each post and page to make sure they all get that nifty lock. So if you see anything I miss, copy the URL link and send it to me please 🙂
So now if you use my contact forms, or click my donate links. You can feel secure that the things you do here are encrypted so only I get what you share with me.
Sadly it kills all my social media share counters. Nothing I can do about that but suck it up 😕