What is HTTPS?
HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. It means that all communication between a browser and a website are encrypted.
Why are websites switching to HTTPS?
HTTPS is used to protect highly confidential online transactions. Switching to HTTPS also secures communication between a user's browser and a web server and authenticates the accessed website. HTTPS is especially important over insecure networks, such as public Wi-Fi.
Will my user experience change?
Users will see a change in the URL address block with the lock icon and clearly denoted HTTPS to start the URL. Most users will not notice a difference with the performance or behavior of the site as HTTPS is well supported by all the current browsers.
What do I need to do?
Some steps will need to be taken by Site Administrators, Webmasters, or their Network Support to access content over the secure (HTTPS) network.
To determine your next steps, we first need to ask a few questions:
- Are you using a current browser compatible with HTTPS? (Microsoft IE 11, Google Chrome 6.6, Firefox 5.9, Safari 11.1 or higher)*
- Do you have EZproxy hosted service?
- If yes, OCLC has already made all required changes.
- Do you have EZproxy standalone service or another proxy service?
- If yes, you will need to make changes. (Continue below.)
*Science and AAAS websites are best viewed in the current generations of major browsers and the default browser of Windows (Edge), MacOS (Safari), Firefox, Chrome, and their various mobile variations.
Title Science - AAAS (updated 2018/10/23)
Required changes for Proxy servers
- If using EZproxy standalone service, download the latest version found on the OCLC website.
- In order to provide access to resources that use HTTPS, your EZproxy server must be configured with an SSL certificate.
- Update your proxy servers’ configuration with the newest Science database stanza found on the OCLC website.
- After making any changes to config.txt file, you must restart your EZproxy server for these changes to become active.
The OCLC website has many helpful resources about updating EZproxy.
For more help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.