Secure Usable Browser Connections for Intranet Scenarios

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Almost all consumer networking devices and a majority of IOT devices support local HTTP/S connections for management. This browser based interface is the typical default mechanism for managing, configuring and provisioning the device. The instructions in the user guides will give the user instructions to connect to the devices over http://192.168.0.1 or similar.

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Secure usable browser connections for intranet scenarios

Any device hosting their management interface on an HTTP connection, is announcing the users passwords on the internal network. 

The alternative is to host the management interface on a HTTPS connection. This option provides the assurances of encryption (the password is not passed in the clear), but the solution is unusable for most consumers because of the warnings generated. 

This whitepaper describes this problem.

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