HTTPS Turned On By Default For Premium Members
Written by Michael Larabel in Standards on 17 January 2016 at 12:37 PM EST. 35 Comments
As there have been a number of readers inquiring about it recently, HTTPS support is now enabled by default, assuming you are a premium member.

Since last year, an HTTPS version of the site has been available to everyone assuming you go there or have a browser plug-in to automatically upgrade you to HTTPS.

While I've experimented with it in the past for premium members, as of today HTTPS is now permanently enabled by default for premium subscribers. If you are logged into your premium account and reading, all of the pages will automatically default to the HTTPS version -- including when some HTTP links on the site try to send you back to the non-secure version.

I'm still working on HTTPS for where the images are served from and such, since apparently that's even a concern to some. If you are not a premium member, the site will continue to default to HTTP as it's always been while the option remains there to switch over to HTTPS. The HTTP default there is due to the slightly greater server load of HTTPS serving, encouraging users to help support our work, etc. If ad-blocking usage wasn't so rampant, it would be much easier to invest in more servers for a faster experience with HTTPS for everyone.

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