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Hello,

On the modern web all communications should be encrypted and secured. While we've long allowed customers to supply their own SSL/TLS certificates to enable https, it was a cumbersome and manual process that had to be repeated each time a customer's certificate expired. We think https should be used everywhere, and Google does too -- they've begun giving pages that use encryption a higher page rank. 

We are now automatically provisioning and requiring https for all customers. Let's Encrypt a new technology for issuing SSL/TLS certificates sponsored by Mozilla, EFF and others allows us to automatically issue, renew, and validate certificates without you needing to purchase or validate a certificate separately.  

What does this mean for your organization?

  • If your organization already had https enabled, your experience will not change. You will no longer need to send us updated certificate information when your existing SSL certificate expires.
     
  • If your organization did not have https enabled, all traffic will now be sent over HTTPS. (Users who are directed to an old link beginning with http will be automatically redirected to the https version of the link.) In addition to data being more secure, with SSL/TLS enabled your organization will now be able to configure donations using TakeCharge.
     
  • If you are using our JSON API endpoints or embedded content, you should ensure that referenced URLs use the https protocol. Some API clients may not be able to process our automatic redirect correctly. 

If you have any questions regarding this change, please email us at support@controlshiftlabs.com. 

Thanks,

Nathan and the ControlShift team 

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