Tumblr turns on SSL encryption – but it’s not by default

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Screen Shot 2014-02-04 at 12.13.11 pm Like Facebook and Twitter, Tumblr has announced that it now supports SSL encryption – meaning that you will have an extra layer of security whenever you visit the website. However, there is a catch: it is not turned on by default. You will need to go to your account settings and turn the option on.

So, why should you turn this feature on? It makes it harder for hackers to extract data whenever you are browsing online, especially on a public internet connection like a cafe, conference or university.

However, if you are a Tumblr user that also uses the XKit plugin to “enhance” your Tumblr experience – unfortunately, you will have to wait until the plugin developer issues an update. This is because the plugin disables itself whenever it goes on an SSL page – which previously was limited to login and setting pages.

“I’m working on a workaround that will let XKit work on SSL, but still protect your privacy, and an update will be made available as soon as possible. In the meanwhile, if you want to use XKit, unfortunately, you have to turn off that setting. I apologize about this,” the developers said in a blog post.

UPDATE: XKit has now since issued an update that fixes the SSL problem.

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