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Advice Needed https going to a different site (General)

by Magma, Sunday, January 22, 2017, 14:27 (323 days ago)

Hi guys, I noticed recently that if I use https instead of http before my domain somebody else's website shows up, it's a loan company. All the page links on this website show as my domain but with https in front. I certainly don't want nothing to do with this website.

I contacted my hosting company and they say I would need a SSL certificate to stop this happening? I don't have or plan to buy a SSL certificate for my forum, I don't see the point.

Not being a website techie am I right to say to the hosting company that:

"It's my domain, whether I put http or https in front, it should still go to my website either with a warning of invalid certificate or to an error page. It should definitely not be going to a different company's website"

I'm confused as to how this is even allowed?

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Advice Needed https going to a different site

by Auge ⌂ @, Monday, January 23, 2017, 10:17 (322 days ago) @ Magma

Hi guys, I noticed recently that if I use https instead of http before my domain somebody else's website shows up, it's a loan company. All the page links on this website show as my domain but with https in front. I certainly don't want nothing to do with this website.

That's technically not possible. Your ownership of your domain is not linked to the protocol that is used for access. It's irrelevant if you acces your site with http://example.com/, http://www.example.com/, https://example.com/ or https://www.example.com/ or for mail with imap.example.com or smtp.example.com (or similar). If you are the owner of example.com, no one else can host content that is reachable under a subdomain or with a special protocol.

Would you show us a link to your domain for further checks?

I contacted my hosting company and they say I would need a SSL certificate to stop this happening? I don't have or plan to buy a SSL certificate for my forum, I don't see the point.

To be able to offer your website under the protocol "https" a certificate is mandatory. If you have to pay for it is a question for your hosting company. Most of the hosting companies in Germany offers free of charge certificates from Let's Encrypt at least for the main domain name.

Tschö, Auge

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Advice Needed https going to a different site

by Auge ⌂ @, Friday, February 03, 2017, 09:54 (311 days ago) @ Magma

Hello

I noticed recently that if I use https instead of http before my domain somebody else's website shows up, it's a loan company.

Is this problem meanwhile solved?

Tschö, Auge

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