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SpringyNews: Break the Febru'weary Cycle

February 2018

Protect the Integrity of Your Springshare Websites

In our October 2017 SpringyNews Newsletter, we informed Springy users that recent updates to web and mobile browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.) mark any HTTP webpage that contains form content as not secure.

This means that any public webpage containing a search box, LibCal booking form, or LibAnswers Question Submission form will automatically display a ‘Not Secure‘ warning to end users.

The protection of your patrons' data is of prime importance to Springshare. Having any webpage, especially your Springshare-licensed tools, marked as insecure is not good PR for us or you! You don’t want your patrons thinking your LibGuides, LibAnswers, and LibCal websites are untrustworthy.

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To that end, we’ve made all v2 products hosted on a Springshare-controlled domain HTTPS enabled. For those of you on a custom domain, we’ve enabled security certificate hosting for LibGuides, LibAnswers, and LibCal!

If You Have a Custom Domain (ending in .edu, .org, etc.)

If you have a custom domain, we’ve added integration with Let’s Encrypt to provide free, that’s right, completely free security certificates for your LibGuides, LibAnswers, and LibCal v2 tools. We’ve made it as easy as 1,2,3 to ensure your Springshare tools are HTTPS secure, trustworthy, and safe for your end-users.

​LibGuides Users with a Custom Domain Needing a Free 'Let's Encrypt' Certificate

We've fully automated the process:

  • Update your internal and external CNAME records to point to our secure server.
  • Once you're pointing to our secure server, we'll automagically install your free 'Let's Encrypt' security certificate.

LibAnswers / LibCal with a Custom Domain Needing a Free 'Let's Encrypt' Certificate

The first thing you’ll need to do is update your CNAME record to the secure server endpoints. Then, contact our support team about requesting a ‘Let’s Encrypt’ certificate on your behalf. It’s still free, and you can replace it anytime with your own certificate, but we haven’t fully automated the process… yet!

Read more about why HTTPS matters, how it works to protect the integrity of your websites, and how you can setup your free 'Let's Encrypt' security certificates for Springshare tools.