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31 Mar, 2019 08:32 PM

When I try to open from your email, I get a message that your site is not secure and it won't let me open it! I'm working on trying to find out why, as I've never had a problem before. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  1. 1 Posted by RP (unverified) on 01 Apr, 2019 12:38 AM

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    I have the same problem, here is what I get served up:
          "This server could not prove that it is; its security certificate is from This may be caused by a misconfiguration or an attacker intercepting your connection.
           Proceed to (unsafe)"
    So I decided to opt out for a little while instead, but I could not do that either because the same thing happened.
    What on earth is going on here?

  2. 2 Posted by Norm (unverifie... on 01 Apr, 2019 03:20 PM

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    I have the same message., using an iPad Air 2. Using Google on the same device, Daily Kos recommended opens in long form. Safari setup says to connect the iPad to another computer to reach Develop, from there to clear cache.

  3. 3 Posted by Ro Pinto (unver... on 01 Apr, 2019 04:09 PM

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    Hello Norm,
    Interesting that you are experiencing the same problem. Now let's see
    what happens, i.e. what DailyKos does about it - whether they even respond.
    I am running on an older Windows 7 desktop PC (still like that better than
    my newer Win 10 machine). MS says it is maintaining Win 7 through 2020, and
    they do a good job keeping it clean using their own Security Essentials.
    They offer it at no charge but tell you to keep away from other
    anti-virus/malware products because they could interfere.
    Come to think of it, I still may have Avast Free Antivirus running in
    background bec I can't seem to get rid of it, though I have tried.
    So, let's await word from DailyKos.
    Pl tell me if you rcvd this msg, so I know it didn't fall into a 'black
    * Best, Ro Pinto*

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Daily Kos Staff on 01 Apr, 2019 05:30 PM

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    Hello, and thank you all for asking about this issue.

    From what we can tell, it is a specific instance of a general problem. Sometimes the link in the email either fails to load completely (to a story or to a petition) and sometimes the link displays badly and will not work. Occasionally this failure is accompanied by an error message.

    In your case, it seems to arise from how your email host, your network, and/or your computer handle the underlying information in our links. Adjusting firewall settings at one or more of those checkpoints might be necessary. Depending on your security protections, it might suffice if you permit link-forwarding. Or it might be necessary to go one level up and permit links from At the moment, we can't be any more exact than this in describing the URLs (the links to the online stories).

    We have been in contact with our own emailer, Action Network, to confirm that all is well, and from all we know, it is. We're continuing to monitor the situation.

    If the links within your emails are displaying properly, in most cases what you'll see are the story titles (and it's usually quite obvious what are not). So if you go directly to with a keyword from a headline, you'll be able to find it. The Search window is toward the top right corner of the front page and any story page. Put the keyword or phrase in the Search window, click the spyglass icon, and you'll see a list of titles containing it. If it's distinctive enough, it'll be the only possibility returned.

    Thanks for your interest in keeping up-to-date with the latest political developments and the activism we sorely need to protect our country.

  5. Daily Kos Staff closed this discussion on 01 Apr, 2019 05:30 PM.

  6. Peggy Jamison re-opened this discussion on 03 Apr, 2019 12:07 AM

  7. 5 Posted by Peggy Jamison (... on 03 Apr, 2019 12:07 AM

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    This is the link to the message I'm getting. It says that the site ahead
    is blocked because it contains malware

  8. 6 Posted by Ro Pinto (unver... on 03 Apr, 2019 04:03 AM

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    Thank you, Peggy, for your detailed response. The 'white paper' from Google
    Chrome is quite the read  I haven't accomplished going through all of
    it, but it made me think there might be one particular, potential reason
    why my computer system gets stuck when I try to follow any of DailyKos'
    suggested links.
    I have a piece of software running in background mode called WOT (Web of
    Trust) which scores sites on their safety/unsafety attributes. It seems to
    consider Daily Kos as nonsecure and marks their e-mails with a fat, red
    circle. In addition, it marks every link contained in the DK email text
    (i.e. the list of links being presented to the reader for accessing
    particular articles/items of presumed interest on the internet) with the
    same red circle.
    WOT just doesn't seem to like DailyKos 樂
    *--Ro Pinto*

  9. 7 Posted by Norm (unverifie... on 03 Apr, 2019 04:18 PM

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    I haven’t had time to dig into this.<> “recommended” opens in Google with no issues but as the full stories, not the headlines.

    Sent from my iPad

    On Apr 2, 2019, at 9:03 PM, Ro Pinto <[email blocked]<mailto:[email blocked]>> wrote:

  10. Support Staff 8 Posted by Daily Kos Staff on 03 Apr, 2019 10:12 PM

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    Yes, thanks. Web of Trust has been a source of difficulty before, so it's not really a surprise that they continue to view us as suspicious.
    That assessment seems (from what I can tell) to be based on their mistrust of link forwarding. But that's how we keep track of people's interest in our stories, so there's no simple way around WOT's dislike of our system. I should say we're not alone in this method, and it's not just our site that elicits this kind of response from them.
    Up to you, of course, to decide how to maneuver in these interesting times.
    Appreciate the update.

  11. Daily Kos Staff closed this discussion on 03 Apr, 2019 10:12 PM.

  12. Peggy Jamison re-opened this discussion on 05 Apr, 2019 11:58 PM

  13. 9 Posted by Peggy Jamison (... on 05 Apr, 2019 11:58 PM

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    I've NEVER had a problem with Daily Kos until this last week, and it seems
    like many other people are in the same boat. I'm wondering who or what has
    caused it to suddenly become "unsafe"? I'm sure we can all guess at the
    source. All that does is make me more upset at what's going on here, not at
    Daily Kos. We need to change what's going on before we end up in a police

  14. 10 Posted by Ro Pinto (unver... on 06 Apr, 2019 05:42 PM

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    Peggy, I agree fully. For all we know, WOT may be owned and run by
    So now, we just have to create a bookmark for DailyKos so that whenever a
    line item appears that interests us in their e-mail, we easily jump onto
    the DK website directly and get the whole low-down.
    *--Ro Pinto*

  15. 11 Posted by Norm (unverifie... on 06 Apr, 2019 05:46 PM

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    No issues today with the connection, back to normal.

    Sent from my iPad

    On Apr 6, 2019, at 10:42 AM, Ro Pinto <[email blocked]<mailto:[email blocked]>> wrote:

  16. Moderator1 closed this discussion on 31 May, 2019 09:49 AM.

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