Ever wonder how secure your personal data is when logging onto Mathews Inc.?
Location: Van Wert County, OhioInteresting and Embarrassing!
Location: In the evening shadow of oona-pa'isF is for fantastic, right?
seriously… Who is the group doing the testing and giving the rating? How does it relate to other forums on the internet?
Joined: 2/3/2007… and now this!SSL Labs is a fairly respected group.
Many of the forums on the internet are based on decades old VB bulletin board or ‘canned’ DIY web development software that uses obsolete security protocols or no security protocols at all. Archery Talk, Tradgang, 3dShoots, and Elite forums are examples of other forums that get failing marks. You want to be very careful what kind of information you transmit to these servers … they are a hacker’s delight.
The reason I ran the SSL Labs tests was to find where I might be vulnerable, which servers to be extra cautious and which to not use … my banks, insurance companies, online retailers like Amazon.com and Cabelas, credit card accounts, etc. Most have at least a B grade which is so-so secure, but I was shocked to find that the weakest of my financial accounts was the Defense Department Military Pay account (B-) and that the AAFES Online Military Exchange (F) was the riskest of my online credit card transaction accounts.
I checked out my Health Care Network (United Health Care Military West) which got an A-, interestingly the California Health Care Exchange’s secure server has no security protocols in place … go figure?
Interestingly, the California’s Teachers Union website does no better than Mathews Inc., likely using the same old web development software based on the obsolete and insecure SSL 2.0 layer protocols.
Location: Quantum LeapvilleThat’s a little concerning Brian. But, given that so many of us conduct online banking, online purchases, etc., etc., the very real possibility of identity theft will be, I imagine, something that we will just live with. My strategy is simple. Be poor, have very little $$ in the bank, have very little extra money to purchase anything, online or otherwise, and slip under the radar of crooks.You are now reading my signature.
That’s a little concerning Brian. But, given that so many of us conduct online banking, online purchases, etc., etc., the very real possibility of identity theft will be, I imagine, something that we will just live with. My strategy is simple. Be poor, have very little $$ in the bank, have very little extra money to purchase anything, online or otherwise, and slip under the radar of crooks.
Precisely what I told my sister who is paranoid … if your bank accounts haven’t been ripped off, if your bar tab hasn’t gone to six figures, then you are probably a loser, poor, had your trailer towed from the trailer park by a repo truck, or Canadian.
Location: Call me...867-5309Doesn’t surprise me one bit. They also get a big F for speed too…The end is near....Great piece of work Brian and I wonder who in the decision making process of this whole site is looking at it. Most folks are not literate in the computer settings including me but this looks terrible. Like I said before this will fall on deaf ears and will be just another brick in the wall.From a forum member’s viewpoint, the Forum security risk isn’t all that bad since at worst all that may be construed as ‘sensitive’ are birthdates, email, etc., but no financial data or credit card data.
However, since one goal of the website upgrade was to integrate the forum with the Mathews Inc. business accounts, etc., it could be a disaster for Mathews.
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