Hey there! Mod Lighty here :3
Recently, you may have noticed that TST got a few upgrades!
In the past weeks/months, we have upgraded the website to use the HTTPS function (noticed the green lock on the top-left of your browser? ;3 ), and also upgraded the web-irc client to force the use of the same secure connection!
Due to Privacy and Security being really high in TST's standards, we have decided to get rid of the last few branches on TST's railway to Security, by Forcing the use of a secure connection on the IRC.
Now now, don't be alarmed! You literally require zero brain cells to be able to use a secure IRC connection!
The only thing you have to do, is to Change the port number from '6667' to '+6697' (don’t forget the plus sign!), as this will set you from a naked connection to a secured one!
Yeah, but why?
Recently, multiple countries in the world have been hit on by privacy concerns such as EFF, Akamai, mozilla, CISCO, The Chrome Foundation, OVH… and so on, to Fully Encrypt The Web.
Not only to ensure privacy, but also to harbour security.
How 2 SSL:
Using SSL is fairly easy…. You only have to change your port from '6667' to '+6697'!
If you use other clients, please look for the "enable ssl" option… if it isn't there, just continue with the plus in front of the port!
If you get an "untrustworthy certificate" error when connecting…. Simply accept it! We are still working on this problem, it does not endanger our security :3
Steps to SSL:
We are not going to enforce everyone right off the bat, but will slowly integrate the usage of SSL, and start enforcing it one by one.
- Step one will be to enforce all channels, with the exception of the main channel to enforce "mode +zZ", meaning only secure connections can join the channel. This will be mandatory to ALL channels!
- Step two will be to, after a while, completely block non-ssl connections, phasing out non-secured gears in the machine, as so to speak.
This means that port "6667" will be "+6667", and can only be used with the SSL function enabled.
6667 vs +6697
Simply said, the default settings will make a naked connection, in between you and the IRC… EVERYONE on your network, ISP etc. can READ all data transferred… all messages, PM's, passwords, metadata, users, etc. etc.
To prevent this, we use something called "SSL", which is used the moment you change from 6667 to +6697.
Using this will wrap up your connection, as you would wrap up a present… people can see it’s a package, but cannot see, or de-cypher what is in it!
This will not only give you a privacy and security feature, but also others! Since all messages send or received in public rooms, are also coming and going to others!
Think of this like the Vaccination effect! Everyone needs to participate to help protect others :)
For any help or assistance, please contact TST staff! Preferably our IRC or Server staff :)