Security Protocol (HTTPS)

On May 1, 2017, a ssl certificate has been added to the Platform and all Openscholar sites have been moved to https.

HTTPS is a protocol for secure communication over a computer network which is widely used on the Internet. HTTPS consists of communication over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) within a connection encrypted by Transport Layer Security, or its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer. The main motivation for HTTPS is authentication of the visited website and protection of the privacy and integrity of the exchanged data.

HTTPS provides authentication of the website and associated web server with which one is communicating, which protects against man-in-the-middle attacks. Additionally, it provides bidirectional encryption of communications between a client and server, which protects against eavesdropping and tampering with or forging the contents of the communication.

Custom domains and HTTPS

Custom domains (such as or will not be eligible for HTTPS immeadiately. A security certificate update is needed for your domain to be updated to HTTPS. 

Updated: 11Jan18