October 07, 2015

The Beaver Countian Goes Encrypted


We are pleased to report that the Beaver Countian is now the only news source in the region, and one of the first news sources in the nation, to serve its site entirely using secured connections.

Take a look at the address bar of your browser right now and you will notice a small lock icon. You may have noticed the same icon while doing your banking over the internet or during the checkout process while shopping online. This icon lets you know that your browser is using a secure connection to communicate with the website you are visiting.

You will also notice that our address is now https://BeaverCountian.com instead of the normal http://BeaverCountian.com that you were familiar with.


Every article that you read, and every comment that you submit, is now being encrypted using a technology called the Secure Sockets Layer (or SSL for short) as it travels back and forth over the internet between your computer and our servers.

While this process is seamless and invisible as you visit our site, there is now a lot going on behind the scenes to help protect you against eavesdropping, tampering, forging, and what are known as “man-in-the-middle” attacks.

We will soon begin unveiling new features to help foster the role of citizen journalism in our area, and will be providing innovative new tools to help crowdsource against corruption in our communities. Migrating our site to serve secure only connections was both a time-consuming and expensive process, but it was one we felt necessary to help further protect the privacy and security of both our readers and our sources moving forward.

About The Author

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John Paul is a Beaver County native and the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

Reader Comments

1 year 1 month ago

Good to know. Keep up the very good work that you do. Appreciated more than you will ever know. Thanks!

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1 year 1 month ago

Thank you JP. I enjoy your site and reporting on things we all need to know about.