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[Moderator Note] Is ApneaBoard.com a SECURE website?
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Is www.ApneaBoard.com a secure website?
[Questions and answers on cybersecurity]


Apnea Board visitors may notice a "warning" in their web browser stating something like "This connection is not secure.  Logins entered here could be compromised."

Visitors may note that Apnea Board's address does not begin with "https" (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure).  Instead, we use the simple "http" (standard Hyper Text Transfer Protocol).

Recently, web browsers (like FireFox, Internet Explorer, Chrome and others) have taken it upon themselves to display excessive and alarming "warnings" when users try to log into a standard "http" website that does not use the ultra-secure "https" encrypted connection-type.  We believe these types of warnings are (in many cases) unwarranted and tend to create unnecessary panic and alarm.

The truth is that there is no such thing as a "completely secure website".  That said, since the beginning of the world wide web, a huge percentage of websites have successfully used standard "http" connections with little to no problem.  Apnea Board has chosen (like many other sites) not to implement a "https" connection, because doing so is costly, hard-to-implement, makes pages slower to load and will severely hamper our members' ability to easily post images and pictures from standard (http) off-site sources.


Question:  Do these browser warnings mean Apnea Board has a "virus" or has been "hacked" or "compromised" in some way?
Answer:  Absolutely NOT.  Again, those who create web browsers are creating unnecessary panic in the wording of these "warnings".  In an attempt to "force" websites to switch to "https", they are essentially acting like an over-bearing "Nanny" in their use of these exaggerated warnings.


Question:  Is it dangerous or risky to log into a site like http://www.ApneaBoard.com when they don't use a "https" connection?
Answer:  As long as you take common-sense steps, you can greatly reduce any perceived "danger" or "risk".


Question:  What steps can I take to make sure my information is not "hacked", "stolen" or otherwise compromised?
Answer:  We suggest that you create a username/password combination that is unique-- don't create a forum username or password that is identical to one you would use on a site used for financial transactions or other personal data (sites that are used for banking, government information, e-commerce, or sites where you use your social security number, date of birth, credit card numbers etc.)


Question:  When creating a username, what else do I need to consider?
Answer:  We suggest that you create a username that does not personally identify you (don't use your real first and last name or a username that makes your true identity easily identifiable).


Question:  When creating a password, what else do I need to consider?
Answer:  We suggest using a mix of letters, numbers and symbols in your password and do not use personal information or common words in your password.


Question:  What steps does Apnea Board take to deal with potential security issues?
Answer:  We take cybersecurity very seriously.  Our server is completely managed in a large Texas datacenter by a company employing experts who work 24/7 to keep things running smooth and secure.  We regularly scan our entire server for malware, viruses and other potential threats.  Our server firewall inspects the traffic coming into our website to identify and purge any suspected malicious traffic.  This firewall also protects against spam, SQL injections, and brute force attacks.  We actively remove any suspicious files and user accounts that we deem to be spam-related.  We make regular backups to files and data and store backup media (both magnetic and optical) at three geographically-dispersed locations.  We have installed several anti-spam and hacker-tracking tools on numerous levels.  Any hacking or spam attempts are logged with complete details and acted upon promptly.

If you have specific questions that go beyond the scope of this article, your questions may be answered in either our Forum Rules, Legal Statement, Privacy Policy or Commercial Links Policy.  You may also send a personal message (PM) to the Administrator (SuperSleeper).


You can register for a free forum account here:

http://www.apneaboard.com/forums/member....n=register


SuperSleeper
Apnea Board Administrator
www.ApneaBoard.com


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