SpinDizzy will be moving to 100% SSL connections sometime in 2019. This means clients which do not support SSL will either need to be upgraded or a new client used. The web client always uses SSL.

The upgrade is being done because using unencrypted connections means anyone - telecom companies, coffee shops, airports, school, your neighbor, etc - can eavesdrop on what you do or say on SpinDizzy. Essentially, when you are not using an unencrypted connection, everything you type could in theory be seen by anyone. While some people claim not to be bothered by this, most would rather communications remain private. As SpinDizzy has always been on the forefront of privacy and security, this is the next logical step. We've had an SSL port long before most MUCKs supported it.

A lot of thought went into making this decision. It was not going to move forward unless viable workarounds were provided for essentially everyone on the MUCK. With that said, the sections below detail workarounds for your specific platform(s), if your current clients do not support encryption.


For Windows, the best option is BeipMU. This client is updated very frequently and the developers are extremely responsive. If you have windows 10, it is also available in the Windows Store for free. If you feel you are unable to switch to this wonderful client for whatever reason, you can use the Websocket gateway program Morticon wrote. Information is available in +read. Even if you switch to BeipMU, you may still find the gateway program useful because it can handle bad/flaky connections.


For Linux, the best option is running BeipMU in WINE, or to download and manually compile the latest TinyFugue. It may also exist in package format for your distribution. Trebuchet Tk also supports SSL if you install the tcltls package.


MacOS users can try Atlantis, though it does not appear to be updated or supported any longer.


Android users currently have no known clients in the Play store which directly support SSL. They can either use the web client or a proxy/tunneling program that will tunnel the connection. Android users can also try installing TinTin++ under Termux. (Use the #ssl command instead of #session.)


Information is needed on this platform.

TODO: Add information about proxies and tunnels for phones and other operating systems.