We are implementing HSTS. What does this mean? The idea is to fight against fraudulent clicks or hijacking of information. Today, the internet is full of clever ideas to gain profit from successful sites. In order to keep our members safe from any attack of this sort, we are implementing HSTS on our servers. The side effect is that advertisements should have secure elements. Any advertisers wanting to use our service will need to make sure all banners have secure links. All our cookies will be secured. And we expect that HSTS will evolve further into other communities.
Spam can easily take over shortening services as seen in the following tables below.
Taking the right steps to secure our services begins with HSTS. Most URL shortening services are having trouble keeping the spam and hackers away. We are fighting against fraud and deception by implementing security filters.
HSTS is a way to improve our security by pre-loading the site with secured elements before serving. Unlike regular https sites, a user can search for a non-secure version of a site and connect via port 80 (open public port) before redirecting to port 443 (secured port). During the redirect process, a hacker can intercept transmissions and use that for their benefit. HSTS prevents the use of non-secured transmission from the start of any session.
This type of setup allows for a better user experience by not displaying unwanted information but most importantly protects the legit users of the system. We take pride in our services and want our members to know that their accounts are safe. If by chance we are compromised, our system will halt processes automatically and adjust with countermeasures in order to provide a stable platform for users.
We welcome any discussion on the fight against cyber crime. Please join us at https://forum.plurr.us and share your thoughts.
If anyone has questions regarding our need for HSTS, please contact us and share your thoughts.