We are happy to announce that we're now serving our web pages with the HTTPS secure protocol.
Using an SSL certificate secures the data transferred between your browser and our web server. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browser remain private and integral.
We use a certificate from Let's Encrypt to secure our platform servers.
Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority brought to you by the non-profit Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). They've issued over 100,000,000 security certificates.
(Yes you read that right, that's 100 Million)
Now when you navigate to your community site you'll see the 'Secure' message in your browser URL field.
Here's a pic from the Chrome browser.
Do you need SSL to secure your church website?
We've noticed that the main websites for many of our church communities are not secured with SSL. It's completely understandable since many hosting providers will charge $60 to $80 annually for adding an SSL certificate. The ISRG estimates that today only about 60% of web pages are secure.
Cost is a barrier for many faith-based and nonprofit organizations to implement the security of HTTPS.
If you're paying $60 for an SSL certificate to secure your church website, you're paying too much.
Consider getting or switching to a Let's Encrypt certificate. Read more about the mission of the ISRG organization and why SSL and HTTPS pages are so important for securing the web.