Do I Need An SSL Certificate For My Website?

This weekend (23 October 2017), I made walknroll.info into a “https” secure website, by adding an SSL Certificate.  I could, in theory, start a sales website.  Don’t worry, my valued support team providing funds so far and yet to come via my Paypal Me link and all business transactions via Paypal…  Paypal is a very secure website that I entrust to hold your credit card numbers and other financial transactions you entrust online with, not my website at present.  I will not ask you for that information personally, certainly not in my surveys as they evolve on this site.  This website will be rebranded thanks to the Bootstrap training I am taking with the IBDE Specialized Training courses so stay tuned for way more…  Updated URL (returned to HTTP) 02 December 2017

why do I want an HTTPS website?
Why would you want an https website?

But why do I want an HTTPS website to begin with?   It does mean it is secure, any submitted information such as your Email in my subscription requests is held in tight security, the best the internet can offer us sheep at the moment.  Feel free to give me as much or as little information as you wish.  I ask for none at my survey, just non identifying questions specific to the site’s layout at present.  What I heard was about Chrome browsers soon to be blocking non https websites for security concerns, that caused me to put my website to https.   I will likely revert back to the http website in the rebrand, it’s up for renewal around Christmas.  Or keep the HTTPS if it is remaining free at my server with the renewal.   If you happen to want a site and sell things, collect customer information, etc.  You will need a website with https, and the ssl’s are free here with better paid options!

Do I, will I have a login form?

Do I, will I personally collect Credit or other sensitive information?

Source: Do I Need An SSL Certificate For My Website?

It’s free at Bluehost!

Don’t forget to fill my survey here, to help improve my website (in complete security, thanks so much)!

Update – For 3 months, actually sometime in the next 3 months I’ll figure out how to mirage this website back to the HTTP non secure status.  Due to the fact I am on a shared hosting service (*the bargain one) for whatever reason, the RSS feed won’t find my website.  You unfortunately cannot subscribe for this period of time.  This we will overcome. 3 months are not an eternity.  My writings will build and get better, thanks to the subscribers who linked before I tried this experiment.  Onward!

Warning about Windows 7

Basic History:

Imho, it should be a warning about “Uncle Bill“.  Back in the day, Bill Gates created (rather rumoured to have stolen it from a communications company) the program that would become Microsoft DOS 1.0 back in the early days of computing.  DOS came out very early in the 1980s and quickly partnered with Windows with it’s first commercial version of 3.0.  DOS at that time had almost reached it zenith and died out after v 5.1 and Windows took over the operating system with Win 3.11 which was the last version to work in partnership with the dying DOS operating system and Microsoft dominated the market.

Malware and Windows:

This post should be warning you about computer viruses, I hope.  Never forget the importance of updates to protect your system.  Along with Windows taking over the operating system of the IBM computer infrastructure and clones that the public at large was buying in bulk, malicious programmers began to develop viruses and other basic malware attracted to computers which used the emerging DOS operating system then Windows.  An operating system the IBM was using as competition to DOS, simply called “OS/2” with the last version called “Warp” was not widely used due to issues with compatibility hence was not a target of Malware similar to Apple/Macintosh in the early years.   Microsoft itself even developed some viruses that attacked itself and gave registered computers the protection it needs against them via the updates.  It was a security protection measure against piracy of their software.

Those early damaging programs were violent and destructive but easily defeated.  They didn’t evolve that fast back then.  They were easy to detect on the disks and tape cassettes needed to install software in the days before the internet and modern computer hardware was popular.   Just like real life viruses, once they got into the emerging super highway of the online world,  they evolved fast and stronger protection was needed every day.  That’s still very true today.  The Internet opened up, got very popular then full of malware to the unsuspecting and unprotected. Virus protection got expensive, then Windows developed Essentials as virus protection focused on all Malware attacking itself in V7 and slowly phased it out in 8 to slowly evolve into Windows Defender in 10 after Defender shared the spotlight with Essentials in versions between V7 to just before 10 came out.  MS Windows sped ahead with newer versions, making former versions, software, hardware and computers obsolete.  Software developers and computer manufacturers got richer, the way developers always got richer by making their older stuff obsolete and useless.

Today

Access to the computer to access everything else beyond.  From word processing and simple card game playing to complex use with internet operations like adding attachments to email, sending to a contact, searching for information online, FACEBOOK!  Always updating to protect against infections.  We weren’t having real fun until Windows turned 10 then fun was what you made it to be.  Windows 7 was sort of fun, an update to Win M.E. and more stable, faster than previous versions.  Well, that sold it anyway.  Many persons became disillusioned after the Windows Millennium Edition version was flawed, quickly updated to 7 and quite a few quickly replaced that with V8.0 which went through many updates which included “touch screen” technology improvements (it came out in later versions of 7) before Windows 10 was forced upon the market in 2016  and 7 was discontinued and unsupported several months later, early in 2017.  Many people stayed with Win 7 through a few more newer versions but with V10, users of older software were warned that updates for V7 would be discontinued with no more available updates for that operating system at a soon to be announced later date.  The kicker is that updates are needed to provide protection against the infections targeting systems that are not updated, forcing now expensive upgrades on all who refused it when it was forced upon them with the initial free upgrade period If their systems were even compatible.

The Warning

This warning has been removed from the Microsoft community for some reason according to the link but it stands to reason.  Hackers are targeting unprotected home systems behind in their updates.  Microsoft itself targets them too. They always have.  Security updates, patching of software holes need to be done every day.  If you can’t or won’t update you are a target, even offline, with every version.  No amount of expensive virus protection will work 100% of the time as protection.  Your unupdated computer operating system risks infecting other systems it communicates with.  This one move from Microsoft (Windows 10, what’s next?) killed a lot of formerly powerful computers that could not update past 7.  Recycle those older, now dangerous, computers today at your local official electronic recycling place…  Be kind to our planet!

Source: Microsoft Warns Windows 7 Is Dangerous To Use [Updated]<–This is the link to the warning

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You can influence BC’s future! Updated

A Request from The BC Cannabis Regulation Engagement Committee

as interpreted by me

Do you live in British Columbia, Canada (aka BC)?  Have you heard about Cannabis?  No doubt you have a well formed opinion, it’s been illegal for 100 years as I type this. Read on to see how you can help BC make sense of our future.  Do you know that you will be locally affected by National policy changes and overburdened provincial forces concerning the impending legalization of Cannabis? It’s on track for July 2018.  Speaking of our UBCM, here is an after report as seen by a reporter  at CBC News.   Or have you purchased a ticket on the Mars Shuttle and are planning on departing this planet?  That’s not my link by the way…

As far as I understand it, the National elements a while back left it to the provinces to decide how to handle the future.  In true provincial nature, they ran around like chickens with heads cut off till almost the deadline (ie now)!  All sorts of confusion came up from Refer Madness to praise about cures including a recent story about Breast Cancer by CBC news that  I shared here there the other day.  Seems like almost everyone has a view and you know a thousand like minded people!

More interpretation and personal visual observations over decades

British Columbia History is steeped in Cannabis, it has been silently keeping the economy flowing for many BC towns over the years.  Store front recently named “Cannabis Dispensaries” have existed in many Canadian communities for well over a quarter of a century.   Actual coin, passing hand to hand between citizens being citizens ever since prohibition sparked happening longer in the absence of those storefronts.  That’s keeping retailers employed as they do the job of citizens with money.  Funded by the illegal trade of Cannabis which is silently funding lifestyles amid keeping everyone from cops to court room janitors and jailers employed along with the retail community.  The Lawyers get called and all the paychecks get larger.

The Request:

Have your say in the matter! You will be affected in other provinces as well and apparently in the USA too but alas, this is only directed towards those of us who live here in BC!  Onward to freedom, be the change here on the west coast!  The BC Cannabis Regulation Engagement Committee wants to hear from you, as a stakeholder in our shared future!

(won’t cost you anything but time)

BC Cannabis Regulation Engagement
BC Cannabis Regulation Engagement

We want to hear your thoughts on the regulation of non-medical cannabis in B.C.

Source: Stakeholder Submissions | BC Cannabis Regulation Engagement

THIS SURVEY IS NOW OVER  See updates below

Followup, November 2nd 2017

Survey sees unprecedented responses!  Way to go, British Columbia!  Woot!  Now in typical government fashion, we hurry up and wait…

https://www.straight.com/cannabis/990031/bc-cannabis-survey-sees-unprecedented-48000-responses

 

Update 5 Nov 2017

Read stakeholder Submissions:

Read Stakeholder Submissions