Readers, as many of you know, the federal courts make documents available to the public online via the PACER system, and litigants can file documents electronically via the CM/ECF system. Each court has its own website for these purposes. I have an interest in online security, so I decided to run a couple of federal courts’ CM/ECF websites through a standard online tool to check their security, and more specifically, their use of TLS (the successor to SSL, the technology that puts the little padlock in your browser’s address bar). Here’s how you can do what I did: visit Qualys SSL Labs, click on “Test Your Server,” and then enter “https://ecf.ca1.uscourts.gov,” which is the URL for the First Circuit’s PACER and CM/ECF systems. You…

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