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Mozilla Firefox message "this connection is not secure"


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#1 Senua89

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Posted 13 December 2017 - 10:00 AM

Yesterday my brother tried to enter the admin page of our modem, using Microsoft Edge could not get into the page while using Mozilla Firefox has succeeded. However, when he started typing username and password, a message appeared saying "This connection is not secure, the entered credentials may be vulnerable". He is however entered the page by entering the data. Turning to different sites, I noticed that this message appears in different sites (not many). It happens with both Edge and Firefox and also with another PC where I use Ubuntu. My question is, could my modem data be stolen? Or if the site where I log in is reliable, can I ignore the message "this connection is not secure"? On Edge, the message does not appear while I log in to the account, but to the left of the page URL.

 

Excuse me for the mistake in the title, I'm not American.


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 04:36 PM

You will get this message occasionally on web pages that do not use https:// (look at what shows up in your browser's address bar) and that request a username and password if those are requested directly on the webpage presented that is not using https:// protocol.  If your modem-router presents a pop-up login dialog you generally don't get the warning you describe.  For myself, I don't worry about this when dealing with my modem-router since the traffic related to it never exits my local area network.

 

The same applies for other webpages that ask for username and password that don't use https://.   There are a number of sites that were coded ages ago that fall into this category.  There is an online automotive forum that I participate on where I get this warning.

 

Unless someone is actively electronically "watching you" the risk is relatively small of your password falling into the wrong hands.  In any case, if one is still using sites like this and wishes to continue doing so then having a site-specific password (which you should be doing for all websites that require you to login anyway - even though most of us are not perfect in following this practice) is critical since were it to be compromised it could not be used as a possible way to log in to other sites "the hidden observer" might have observed that you log in to.

 

 

 


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 05:15 PM

You will get this message occasionally on web pages that do not use https:// (look at what shows up in your browser's address bar) and that request a username and password if those are requested directly on the webpage presented that is not using https:// protocol.  If your modem-router presents a pop-up login dialog you generally don't get the warning you describe.  For myself, I don't worry about this when dealing with my modem-router since the traffic related to it never exits my local area network.

 

The same applies for other webpages that ask for username and password that don't use https://.   There are a number of sites that were coded ages ago that fall into this category.  There is an online automotive forum that I participate on where I get this warning.

 

Unless someone is actively electronically "watching you" the risk is relatively small of your password falling into the wrong hands.  In any case, if one is still using sites like this and wishes to continue doing so then having a site-specific password (which you should be doing for all websites that require you to login anyway - even though most of us are not perfect in following this practice) is critical since were it to be compromised it could not be used as a possible way to log in to other sites "the hidden observer" might have observed that you log in to.

 

 

 

I thought it was something not to worry about, but I wanted to be sure by asking in this forum that it is proving to be really useful. Thanks for the answer and for the advice on the passwords that luckily I already follow.


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Posted 13 December 2017 - 05:21 PM

I've already tried this, and came up empty(still check though):https://www.google.com/search?source=hp&ei=QUMxWqHNPMvQjwTZ75SYAQ&q=The+owner+of+www.facebook.com+has+configured+their+website+improperly.+To+protect+your+information+from+being+stolen%2C+Firefox+has+not+connected+to+this+website.&oq=The+owner+of+www.facebook.com+has+configured+their+website+improperly.+To+protect+your+information+from+being+stolen%2C+Firefox+has+not+connected+to+this+website.&gs_l=psy-ab.12...4383.4383.0.6343.1.1.0.0.0.0.0.0..0.0....0...1.2.64.psy-ab..1.0.0....0.F4tO7S8_ExQ






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