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  • I am pretty new at running my own web site. i created it using a template and several plug ins. I don’t recall ever seeing this warning before but out of the blue today my web address came up with a big red X and it says in the search bar that ” this site is not secure” I thought I did everything right. I use bluehost and I even did their secure things.
    Anyways I dove a little deeper and I saw that the warning was saying I am running a ton of “cookies”. No idea why my site is running cookies, but it sounded bad so i am coming to the experts.. you!
    I have an image of the warning with a list of the cookies. I don’t see a place to add it here. I added it here:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4qsfFrkX7TSWXIyYlU0OEtfVVk/view?usp=sharing

    This is nutty and I want people to come to my site without concern.

    Thanks everyone,
    Rob

    The page I need help with: [log in to see the link]

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  • Moderator Tim Nash

    (@tnash)

    Volunteer Moderator and spam hunter

    The Your Site is not secure warning, is related to the fact you are not running an SSL certificate. A SSL certificate encrypts the traffic between the browser and the server your site is on.

    So good news its nothing to do with Cookies (which are a way of storing information in a browser)

    Browsers such as Firefox and Chrome are now starting to flag sites which have login forms or have forms collecting personal information as not secure.

    To fix, you will need an SSL certificate and it setup on your host. This is normally something your host would do for you and a domain validated SSL certificate should be free with most hosting companies.

    Once they have set it up you will need to move your site to use https:// while this is not complicated its probably something to research first as it will take a bit of fiddling to get right.

    Whew well that doesn’t sound as bad as I was anticipating. Thanks and I will look into this asap. Do I have to worry about those cookies? Especially one had a random generated name that looked really weird.

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