I wanted to do this months ago, but for reasons too longwinded to go into it was put on a backburner.
But last night, without much fanfare (hence I'm blowing a trumpet now), my site switched from HTTP to HTTPS.
If you look up in your browser bar, you may well see a little padlock denoting that the communication between your computer and the webserver this site runs on is encrypted, and should be warding off snoopers with a flea in their ear.
Of course, certain sections of the site (like the admin dashboard used to post articles) have always been secured with HTTPS to prevent bad guys from sniffing my passwords, but now every article should be similarly resistant to eavesdropping.
So, you can feel a little more private reading the articles I write now.
Admittedly, this site isn't one where you can buy goods or that you log into, but increasingly it's important that better secured webpages become the norm rather than the exception.
Your normal viewing experience of the stories I write shouldn't be affected, but you will now be that little bit more private. Frankly, it's only a tiny change in the evolution of this site - hardly earthshattering, but I hope you appreciate it. And I'm happy to be putting my money where my mouth is.
Will the NSA give two hoots about me doing this? I don't think so one jot. And I doubt that GCHQ cares either, although they may feel miffed by the name of my email newsletter.
Please note that stories I write on third-party sites for other vendors may not have their webpages secured with HTTPS - you will have to take that up with those companies if that's a concern for you. In addition, it is inevitable that I will link to stories on webpages which aren't running HTTPS on a frequent basis.
Please let me know if you spot any hiccups with the site following this change, and I'll do my best to fix them.