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I'm new to this forum, and unsure whether or not this is the right place to post this.


I'm working on a membership system for a local organization which initially will have contact information (names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, birth dates, etc) as well as other info related to the organization in a MySQL database.  There are no plans to add data that is any more sensitive (i.e. credit card numbers), and we will never be doing any kind of e-commerce.  There is also a separate part of the existing site, created using Wordpress, that (as far as I can see) has no need whatsoever to be secured with https.


But because there is a login for managing this contact information, I am asking:  is it recommended, or even necessary that the site use https for the pages behind the login?


And, if it is indeed recommended, are there sites you can recommend for implementing this:  info about SSL certificates, etc.


Thanks very much, and especially thank you for your books.  I have PHP and MySQL for dynamic web sites, and I've been using it since 2006.





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For any sort of user information (including email addresses, etc.), when that information is transmitted in any way, it is recommended that you use HTTPS, yes. To that end, I recommend that you get an SSL certificate.

Which one you get really comes down to how much you're willing to pay to get a certificate from a trusted certificate authority.

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