As mentioned in the prior entry, Securing IFWIS Content: A migration to HTTPS (SSL) traffic, we have fully migrated Observations and Roadkill forms to use full https traffic.
This should fix an internal login and authentication bug (IDFG users were not displayed as being logged in on the form after entering their credentials).
Additionally, this gives us room to move forward with handling more sensitive data as it is submitted.
In an effort to protect your content and data, we're in process of migrating all web server traffic to https encryption. This is the same type of security that banks and agencies with sensitive data use to protect data transfer from your computer or mobile device to our web server.
Using https helps protect data from being snooped by third parties, such as in public wifi hotspots. As a user, you won't need to make any changes. We'll redirect all traffic to these updated applications.
This will be a continued migration and we'll experience a few hiccups along the way as we upgrade our applications. Occasionally you may see a warning message about "mixed content" or the secure icon that browsers show may switch to a broken lock or similar icon. These issues will disappear as we migrate.
The first secure deployment is the IFWIS Portal. Soon to follow are the internal deployments of Observations and Roadkill.
Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a combination of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol with the SSL/TLS protocol to provide encrypted communication and secure identification of a network web server. HTTPS connections are often used for payment transactions on the World Wide Web and for sensitive transactions in corporate information systems. [Read more at wikipedia.org]
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