Query strings and security
Mibbit supports a large set of options for the Widget, most are allowed inside the URL. But it's commonly understood that passing sensitive information over query strings is never a good idea. Even using SSL (https://) the data in query strings is at risk at several points along the way from web browser to server.
So would it ever be a good idea to send a password data as a query string? It's a common question and our answer is always in the negative. There are several reasons for this;
- password data would be stored in weblogs
- data may be stored in browser histories
- http:// referrer gets sent the referring URL, including the whole query string
So in short it's just not a great idea, it might be workable for some uses, but not for passwords.