Looks like security document has expired, can't access with FireFox

Cusser

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"www.lawnmowerforum.com has a security policy called HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS), which means that Firefox can only connect to it securely. You can’t add an exception to visit this site."
 

tadawson

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Yup:

www.lawnmowerforum.com uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate expired on 06/14/19 18:29. The current time is 06/15/19 11:36. Error code: SEC_ERROR_EXPIRED_CERTIFICATE

Somebody wasn't doing their homework . . .

- Tim
 

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I have been trying most of the day, firefox/chrome keeps telling me that computer date & clock is out.....which is not....getting on here now by using opera.
 

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I put a post on the tractor forum about it last night, back up today. My message said to contact the website admin. Duh. Hard to contact them when you can't access the forum. Glad it's back.
 

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I figured the site had been hacked. Almost every day, there are totally nonsensical "keto" spam posts and every day, they get removed and the poster(s) banned. I thought this may have been some kind of revenge.
 

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Yes its good to be back home...! works fine now in firefox.
 

bertsmobile1

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I figured the site had been hacked. Almost every day, there are totally nonsensical "keto" spam posts and every day, they get removed and the poster(s) banned. I thought this may have been some kind of revenge.
It is nothing more than an administrative oversight.
In order to thawt identity thieves & other cyber criminals the site uses a method to verify that the site is real called a Secure Socket Layer as signified by the "S" after http in the address.
These are purchased on a short term basis from a third party.
Usually the hosting company renews these automatically, apparently Lawn Site does it themselves and when the certificate expires on Friday after the office is closed this happens.
Quite normal just a little frustrating.

The purpose of it is to prevent a naughty person making a spoof forum then hyjacking the web address so every one goes to the naughty site.
It is fairly common and the biggest offenders are porn & fake medical drug sites so you sit at your computer and attempt to connect to the forum , even type in the correct address manually yet every time you end up at the rouge site.
So basically your computer goes here then it asks a third site "is this the real Lawn Mower Forum ?"
If the certificates are current it says "Yes" and the best mower forum on the web loads on your screen.
If it is NO then you get the message that we all saw.

It is very much the same as internet banking that sends your phone an SMS with a security number that you have to type in before it will make the transaction.

Search "SSL" or "https" and there are lots of sites with graphs & diagrams to explain exactly how it works.
Not all that important here because there is very limited benefit from hacking into the site but it can be used to get viewers to download stuff like key trackers & other mal wear onto their computers.
 

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Glad my PC blocks it here when a Cert is expired. It's trying to keep my 'puter clean & safe.

This forum has the most I've ever seen of it being blocked.
 

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Sorry about that. The auto-renewal on our SSL certificate didn't process and that takes down the entire site. Back up and good to go now. :thumbsup:
 

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Sorry about that. The auto-renewal on our SSL certificate didn't process and that takes down the entire site. Back up and good to go now. :thumbsup:
Much better safe than sorry.
No one has died because they can not cut their grass and a couple of days without the forum will not kill any one either.
 
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