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How do I go back to plain http for Google Plus?


I recall making the change from HTTP to HTTPS when I log on to Google Plus,
but it’s more annoying than helpful. How can I go back? I’m using Vista on a
Dell Inspiron 1505. All updates have been made.

In this excerpt from
Answercast #51
, I look at turning off https in Google Plus and how critical
it is to leave the security features turned on.

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Https security

What I really want to understand here is exactly why you think it’s
annoying. It should be completely transparent and that’s one of the reasons
I don’t believe there actually is a way to go back.

Account settings

You can certainly look in your account profile, your account settings, and
see if perhaps there is a way.

  • But I don’t recommend it.

  • I actually don’t think it’s there.

  • I think that HTTPS is very important

Like I said, it should be completely transparent so without knowing exactly
why you consider it to be annoying, I’m going to recommend that you leave it

Like I said, I’m not sure you can unset it. It’s simply that important.

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3 comments on “How do I go back to plain http for Google Plus?”

  1. Let me take a crack at why it might be annoying…is IE constantly popping up a window warning that the page contains both encrypted and un-encrypted items? If so, I believe those warnings can be turned off in IE settings.

  2. I don’t use Google-plus, but it’s probably similar to Facebook.
    In Facebook, if you choose to stay in https mode (it is a setting), the instant messaging doesn’t work. I’ve turned off that setting, because I use IM. However, I log in via https, a bookmarked shortcut. After logging in, it reverts to http, and everything works.

  3. I agree with Leo – leave it set. Even if you find a way to stop it, the security protocol ‘https’ is embedded in the webpage’s code (ie: server certificate) I believe. I can’t see any logical reason to ‘unsecure’ a webpage. Also, I highly recommend Google Chrome over I.E. It’s faster, more secure, less ‘warnings’ and more customizable.


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