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MitC login changes

Posted by balchd on 29/09/2011 - 09:20.

If you're a regular visitor, you may have noticed two small but significant changes to the Maths in the City website: the login box has changed, and https encryption has been removed from regular pages.

All pages which involve your username and passwords and personal information still use https to protect your account, so it's just as secure as it was before. (There have not been any changes to usernames or passwords.)

Because most pages are now unencrypted (http without the "s"), logging in using the login box in the top-right corner of the page would not be secure, so that little short-cut has been replaced with a link to the full login page.

Why did we make this change?

While using https for every page helps ensure that your user account is protected, there are two main problems with it:

  1. performance of the site is severely degraded as https prevents caching of resources, so you have to download them many more times than is really neccessary
  2. the site uses 3rd-party resources which use plain http, and mixing http and https on one web page can create problems in some browsers, giving security warnings - or even breaking the maps.

Hopefully you'll notice the site feels a bit more snappy and, if you've previously encountered error messages, the site now works without problems.

If you have any questions or comments about the site, please contact us.