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Google Chrome is telling me Crowdtap is not a safe site.

Is this happening to anybody else?

24 thoughts on “Google Chrome is telling me Crowdtap is not a safe site.

  1. I’m getting the same thing. Their SSL certificate expired yesterday, and I guess they forgot to renew it. Give them some time and they should fix it.

    1. > SSL certificate

      Noob here, what is an SSL certificate? and why does it matter? and how does one know when to trust a site based on its SSL certificate?

      1. Basically, it encrypts data to allow a secure connection between the website and your browser. This helps prevent hackers from stealing the data you put on the website (emails, passwords, credit card info, etc) along with other things.

        There’s a lot to it, so I recommend doing a Google search if you want to learn more about it.

        1. I’ll be looking it up, but if it expires, does it no longer handle encryption? Or is it like a grace period kind of thing and Google is just giving us a heads up.

          1. Encryption never “stops” as they aren’t “handing out” encryption.

            SSL is a end-to-end type of connection. The connection is encrypted between both ends, nothing outside the direct line of connection can read the data.

            Unless I do not understand SSL on a deep enough level, the only thing that “breaks” when the certificate is expired, is that you now are not sure if you’re actually connected over SSL to the real site or an impostor, not unless you can contact the site and say, “Hey, is this your certificate?” and they say, “Why yes, yes it is.”

            In other words a company says, “Alrighty Microsoft, here is your certificate. Amazon, this is yours. We’ll tell people that yes, it’s your certificate.”

            It’s very much like a Driver’s License. It’s a unique code that says, “I am me and this is the code that a company verifies is me.”

          2. there is no grace period as far as I know. as for a ELI20ish on why it expires: its a bit complex but think of the certificate like your vehicle registration or driver’s license. The certificate is there so that the client (you, or program that is connecting to the server) can confirm that it is actually what you’re trying to connect to. Eg. without a certificate, you may try to go to reddit.com, but it may be a fake reddit.com that has intercepted your connection and there will be no way for you to tell. With a certificate, it (for the most part) guarantees that you’re connected and communicating with the correct server.

            back to the example, if you never had to update your registration or license, it would be much easier for someone malicious who may have stolen your license, or who bought your used vehicle to pretend they are you. same thing with the certificates, they expire so that the owner of the certificate can be updated and you know you are connected to the real site.

            browsers and some other programs gives you a warning for your protection when it expires, as there is a chance that it is compromised. Also, there is another warning that may display often when visiting shady sites that the certificate record doesn’t match, or is compromised. In this case some browsers will let you proceed if you want, while others will straight up block it.

      2. SSL doesn’t mean a site is safe, it just means that data sent to the site is encrypted and not plain text. So if there is someone reading the network, if either parties network is being listened on, they don’t know what the data is. A site without SSL can be “safe” but you shouldn’t put any senesitive data on it, like Credit card or bank info. If a site doesn’t contain sensitive data, it doesn’t actually need a SSL

        But a site that pays out to you, should have a SSL

    1. Sometimes they’ll put the points back into your account instead of sending a gift card.

      When that happens, just try to redeem the gift card again, it usually works

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