We now have a server SSL certificate on the our-local.co.uk domain as well as every other domain on this server
This means that you can now log in securely on SSL by using https://our-local.co.uk
I have not yet set it to force ssl, because I am worried about breaking the forum. I leave it up to you whether to use SSL or the old plain insecure ( less secure) default http log in
I recommend that you update your shortcuts to use https://our-local.co.uk
instead of the old http://our-local.co.uk
If you use the https: option you should see a padlock on browser bar. However some pages will not show the padlock if there are linked images to a non https page. And might give warnings in your browser of insecure ( mixed) content. You can safely ignore those messages or just press OK / accept /allow on the pop up warning bar at bottom of page
You can prevent mixed content messages If you use Internet explorer as your browser then you can go to Tools/options/security => select internet zone / custom level & scroll down to mixed content. Select ENABLE. The default is normally prompt
I feel it is important to be able to log in to the forum using a secure HTTPS / SSL connection to prevent your passwords & logins being stolen, by somebody eavesdropping or intercepting your connection.