Migrating to HTTPS

Why are we changing to HTTPS?

Aside from the security and SEO benefits listed above, there is shift in the industry which will see most websites running over HTTPS in the near future. We want you to stay ahead of the curve.

Free SSL from Let’s Encrypt

In addition, an open-source initiative called Let’s Encrypt has brought free, reliable SSL certificates to the mass market. Previously, the cost of SSL certificates was often a barrier to entry for many organisations. To date, Let’s Encrypt has issued over 20 million certificates!

The migration process

In the coming weeks we will be migrating all client websites over to HTTPS, starting with Keystone Premium subscribers.

The migration will be free of charge for Keystone Premium subscribers. For Keystone Lite and Parapet subscribers there will be a nominal free. We will contact you beforehand to let you know the scheduled date for the migration and any costs involved.

Migration is mandatory

Please note that to ensure your website’s ongoing security and to stay ahead of technological advances this migration to HTTPS is mandatory.

What if I already have an SSL Certificate?

We will wait for that certificate to expire and then use to Let’s Encrypt to create a new one. As Let’s Encrypt is free, doing so, will save you the yearly cost you pay currently.

HTTPS/SSL Certificates

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS is the security system you often see when shopping online – You will often see a padlock icon next to the address bar in your browser. HTTPS is also sometimes referred to as SSL or “having an SSL Certificate”.

HTTP VS HTTPS

A system┬ácalled HTTP is used to create the connection between you and the website. In it’s standard form (HTTP)┬áthis process is insecure i.e. not encrypted. HTTPS is the secure/encrypted version of this connection.

What are the benefits of HTTPS?

  1. Security – All data sent and received by your website is encrypted; no one can tap into that connection to read the data.
  2. Customer assurance – Customers will see the padlock next to your web address in their browser and know that their data is secure.
  3. SEO – Google has begun ranking websites running over HTTPS higher than websites running HTTP only.
  4. Web browsers – Google Chrome is now showing web sites not running over HTTPS as “Insecure” next to the address bar.