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what the heck is "secure wikipedia" and why can't I seem to find any information about it online?

It's this really weird wikipedia clone or something: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Mai...

Is this legit? I found it as a search engine add-on here: http://mycroft.mozdev.org/quick/wikipedia.html.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    This is just a secure gateway to Wikipedia. It's exactly the same site, just accessed through different means. It offers much better web security at the cost of some speed.

    It's under the secure.wikimedia.org domain because that is the "secure server" that provides secure access to all of the Wikimedia sites - for example, < https://secure.wikimedia.org/wiktionary/en/wiki/Ma... > leads to the equivalent secure portal for Wiktionary, Wikipedia's dictionary counterpart.

    This is completely legitimate; you might notice that the domain is "Wikimedia" rather than "Wikipedia", but this is due to the server being operated by the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia and its sister projects, which include Wiktionary, Wikinews, and Wikimedia Commons, among others. You can see at the bottom of a normal Wikipedia page the text "Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) tax-deductible nonprofit charity."

    Source(s): This is relatively common knowledge among Wikipedia administrators; I am one. Nevertheless, it is true that there isn't really a decent page describing the secure server - I might see if I can get one up. In the meantime, you can note that http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:UserLogin , the Wikipedia login page, explicitly links to the secure server.
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