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My company has blocked https so how to login to Stack Overflow if https is blocked? is it even possible?

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All HTTPS? Or can you ask some sysadmin to exclude well known OpenID providers? – Arjan Mar 16 '11 at 9:57
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One option, login from unblocked computer somewhere else and bring the cookie to company.

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How do you do that? For other reasons I spent quite a while trying to work out how to extract a specific cookie from Firefox, it doesn't seem very easy... – Benjol Mar 16 '11 at 9:46
@Benjol, I have installed firebug, and firecookie :-) there is quite easy option to view/edit/create cookies in firecookie. – YOU Mar 16 '11 at 9:47
@SMark, ok, good to know. I can't mark your comment as accepted, but it is :) – Benjol Mar 16 '11 at 9:50
@Benjol, actually, better option is if you can tunnel https to http, but I can't get to work somehow, probably my lack knowledges on ssl. – YOU Mar 16 '11 at 9:52
I guess that if tunnelling would go undetected, then there would be no reason to block HTTPS to start with? – Arjan Mar 16 '11 at 11:49
@You: Thnx man. Your option works. Now I'm logged in by bringing cookie from other pc to mine. But now I can not accept your until Moderator merge this account to mine. I don't how to notify moderator about it. – Harry Joy Mar 29 '11 at 5:24
@Harry Joy, probably flag one of your post, and inform moderators and ask for merge accounts? – YOU Mar 29 '11 at 5:32
@You: okay. I'll try. – Harry Joy Mar 29 '11 at 5:35
@You: Moderator have merged my accounts and now accepting your answer. – Harry Joy Apr 7 '11 at 4:42

You can try to find an OpenID that lets you login without https.

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and let moderator merge accounts to new one, may be :-) – YOU Mar 16 '11 at 9:53
@S.Mark: you can add a second openid to your account (and then delete your first one, making the second your primary one). So you can change it yourself; you don't have to create a new account – Andreas Bonini Mar 16 '11 at 13:13

If you can set up your own server:

  • Host something like phpMyOpenID yourself.

  • If you insist on using a third party OpenID service that requires HTTPS, have a look at DeleGate as a gateway for HTTP clients to a HTTPS server. See also Log into Gmail without SSL on Super User. (Not for the faint of heart. And again, you'll need to run it on some public server: it won't work when running within your work's network.)

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I have the same problem and found out that using Google as openID will allow me to log in.
The problem is, my associated OpenID is myOpenID, so what I did was:

  1. Log in through cell phone.
  2. click 'add openID' on profile page
  3. Login with Google.
  4. Ha-ha
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Just to be sure: does Google allow non-HTTPS logins? – Arjan Mar 16 '11 at 13:55
Mhm.. just checked and I am not sure. It could be that the company allows Google https... – Sergi Papaseit Mar 16 '11 at 14:01

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