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Secure Messaging

  • Avatar of Robcwright
    robcwright
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    @robcwright

    A thought occurred to me the other day as I was interacting with a client over their secure message gateway. Couldn’t Buddypress do something very similar?

    -Buddypress behind an SSL
    -Create an invite to the site and send email to soon to be new user
    -New user registers with the site and is able to view forum post or PM securely behind the SSL and WordPress auth.

    I guess you’d have to send a PM to a non-registered user, inviting them join the site and tell them they have a message waiting for them. Click the secure link, create account, login, and view PM, at which point the conversation happens on the site. Once the new user replies, a notification is sent to the author stating the new user has responded and to click the link to view the message.

    Anyone every thought about or seen something similar?

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  • Avatar of r-a-y
    r-a-y
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    @r-a-y

    All you need is a SSL cert and then you can secure your entire WordPress install. BuddyPress should inherit the SSL settings from WordPress.

    Avatar of Robcwright
    robcwright
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    @robcwright

    understandable. What about the messaging component? Some kind of cross between secure invites/invite anyone and some custom email templates?

    Avatar of r-a-y
    r-a-y
    Moderator

    @r-a-y

    You could try the Welcome Pack plugin, which sends a customizable PM when you activate your account, in combination with Secure Invites.

    Avatar of techguy
    techguy
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    @crashutah

    I can confirm that you just have to install the SSL certificate (doesn’t work on a shared host as well) and then BP works fine. Just realize that there’s a cost (on the server) to running everything over SSL. It uses more of everything I believe (CPU, memory, bandwidth).

    Avatar of Snaky Love
    Snaky Love
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    @snaky

    Yuo have to define “secure” on a technical level. SSL only secures the transport of bytes, that should work right out of the box with buddypress, you just need to upgrade you existing webserver configuration and get a SSL certificate. YOu can get free certs at cert.org.
    However, this does not mean that the messages are encrypted – so content in your database will still be readable to anybody who has access to the database.

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