Senator Schumer Fails To Properly Use HTTPS On His Own Site, After Pushing Other Sites To Use It [Updated]
from the ooooops dept
Ooops. Both Firefox and Chrome warn you not to proceed, because the connection is "untrusted" or "might not be the site you are looking for." Obviously, this is probably just a small technical error by Schumer's tech staff, but it does look pretty bad when he's out there grandstanding on https. Of course, this isn't to diminish that https is a useful tool that many websites should use to protect users, but it's not clear that we want politicians telling websites what protocols to use (especially when they haven't quite figured them out themselves).
Update: Some great points in the comments highlighting that Schumer and his staff don't control the tech behind his Senate website, and any such cert would have to be controlled by the Senate IT folks. Also they pointed out that Schumer's Senate site does not appear to take user info/logins so HTTPS wouldn't much matter. However, his personal/campaign site does appear to take info and also does not use HTTPS.
Separately, others pointed out that one of the sites he called out -- Amazon -- does use HTTPS when you login and/or order, and his calling them out suggests they're unsafe when it appears they are safe.