Your node must be HTTPS in order to connect to it via MyEtherWallet.com. You can [download the MyEtherWallet repo & run it locally](https://github.com/kvhnuke/etherwallet/releases/latest) to connect to your local node. Or, get free SSL certificate via [LetsEncrypt](https://letsencrypt.org/).
If MyEtherWallet can't do those things, what's the point?
Because that is the point of decentralization and the blockchain.
You don't have to rely on your bank, government, or anyone else when you want to move your funds.
You don't have to rely on the security of an exchange or bank to keep your funds safe.
If you don't find these things valuable, ask yourself why you think the blockchain and cryptocurrencies are valuable. 😉
If you don't like the sound of this, consider using [Coinbase](https://www.coinbase.com/) or [Blockchain.info](https://blockchain.info/wallet/#/signup). They have more familiar accounts with usernames & passwords.
If you are scared but want to use MEW, [get a hardware wallet](https://myetherwallet.github.io/knowledge-base/hardware-wallets/hardware-wallet-recommendations.html)! These keep your keys secure.
Phishers send you a message with a link to a website that looks just like MyEtherWallet, EtherDelta, Paypal, or your bank, but is not the real website. They steal your information and then steal your money.
Install [EAL](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/etheraddresslookup/pdknmigbbbhmllnmgdfalmedcmcefdfn) or [MetaMask](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/metamask/nkbihfbeogaeaoehlefnkodbefgpgknn) or [Cryptonite by Metacert](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/cryptonite-by-metacert/keghdcpemohlojlglbiegihkljkgnige) or the [MyEtherWallet Chrome Extension](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/myetherwallet-cx/nlbmnnijcnlegkjjpcfjclmcfggfefdm) to block malicious websites.
Always check the URL: `https://www.myetherwallet.com`.
Always make sure the URL bar has `MYETHERWALLET LLC` in green.
Do not trust messages or links sent to you randomly via email, Slack, Reddit, Twitter, etc.
Always navigate directly to a site before you enter information. Do not enter information after clicking a link from a message or email.
[Install an AdBlocker](https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ublock-origin/cjpalhdlnbpafiamejdnhcphjbkeiagm?hl=en) and do not click ads on your search engine (e.g. Google).