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This article was published on February 3, 2014

Tumblr enables optional SSL encryption on its Dashboard, tells users to turn it on

Tumblr enables optional SSL encryption on its Dashboard, tells users to turn it on
Emil Protalinski
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Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, incl Emil was a reporter for The Next Web between 2012 and 2014. Over the years, he has covered the tech industry for multiple publications, including Ars Technica, Neowin, TechSpot, ZDNet, and CNET. Stay in touch via Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Tumblr today launched an option to turn on SSL encryption on the Dashboard under Account Settings. The Yahoo-owned company called the feature (denoted by https instead of http in the URL) “extra precaution against hackers and snoops” and said there’s “not really” a reason users shouldn’t turn it on.

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Tumblr also said its staff has been using the feature internally for weeks and hasn’t noticed anything out of the ordinary. While it’s great to see Tumblr offering to encrypt users’ connections, unfortunately the company hasn’t shared a timeline for when, if ever, it would be mandatory on the Dashboard, as well as the whole site.

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