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HTTPS encryption enabled in all YWD websites* – for FREE!

 December 12, 2017
by Flavio Mester

htps secure

YWD websites now display a little lock icon in the address bar, which depending on the browser being used will look like this:

https Chrome

https Safari

Microsoft Edge
Microsoft Edge

* If your YWD website does not display the lock, please contact us at support@yourwebdepartment.com. Some websites, depending on their domain registrar cannot be secured; your only option is to change registrars. Brand new websites are not immediately secured. Websites are updated in batches at off-hours. If you have any questions please contact us.

What does that icon mean?

The little lock indicates that your website is now using HTTPS, making it much more secure. HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) and HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) are both protocols for passing information between web servers and clients. Basically,  HTTPS is a secure connection, whereas HTTP is not.

A few months ago, Google announced that it would start flagging and penalizing websites that used the old “http” protocol. So here at YWD we took a very proactive approach, and over the following weeks obtained secured SSL certificates and implemented them for all our clients – free of charge.

What you need to do

Nothing! We took care of everything for you – FOR FREE:

  • Our encryption certificates are FREE and renew automatically. 
  • Your website will redirect to “https” (secure) even if people type in “http” in the address bar.
  • We took care of all the code changes, including updating apps like the Forms Manager, Blog, Members Area, etc.


Flavio Mester

Flavio Mester is a graphic designer as well as a systems analyst (in a distant life he was an architect). A founding partner of Your Web Department, he's responsible for the design and development of all the YWD website management platform interfaces.
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