Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Protecting Patron Privacy: HTTPS Coming To WISCAT

Full HTTPS will be enabled for WISCAT and all Auto-Graphics, Inc. customers using SHAREit by December 2016.  Auto-Graphics is one of the initial signers of the Library Digital Privacy Pledge.  

HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP  (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol).  As an HTTPS website, all information sent using a web browser to WISCAT will be encrypted, preventing anyone from intercepting the message anywhere along the network to the serverLibrary patron names, email addresses, passwords, catalog searches, and interlibrary loan requests will be protected.

Until recently, implementing HTTPS was very expensive to obtain from a certificate authority verifying a website as trusted.  Now it is freely available through Let's Encrypta public service provided by the Internet Security Research Group.
Lock shown protecting password access
Information Privacy (Pixabay)

You can read more about the Library Digital Privacy Pledge of 2015 and an explanation of HTTPS in a blog by Eric Hellman, a leader of the initiative; and in What Every Librarian Needs to Know About HTTPS by Jacob Hoffman-Andrews.

Written by: 
Vickie Long, Resources for Libraries & Lifelong Learning Team