As of Thursday, September 19, 2019, work was completed to install a security certificate on the FishersIsland.net website server. When you visit our website, you will now see “https” instead of “http” before the website name like this https://fishersisland.net/. Thanks to Brian Marteeny at the Utility Company and to Beth Jepsen, our website support, for making this change go so smoothly and quickly.
We were able to obtain (at no additional cost) the SSL Certificate from Pagely, our website’s host – who recently offered this free option to us.
What are the advantages of HTTPS over HTTP?
The main benefit of HTTPS is that it adds security and trust by adding an encrypted connection between the user’s browser and the fishersisland.net website. Without such encryption it is easier for hackers to steal sensitive information.
Although we do not collect credit card numbers and do not share your personal data, we do collect data (such as emails) from Fog Horn subscribers and ICB Members. Such data is stored on the FishersIsland.net server in order to provide benefits to you, such as the Fog Horn emails. Your privacy is important to us and we will continue to work to secure your data.
SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, a global standard security technology that enables encrypted communication between a web browser and a web server. It is utilized by millions of online businesses and individuals to decrease the risk of sensitive information (e.g., credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, emails, etc.) from being stolen or tampered with by hackers and identity thieves. In essence, SSL allows for a private “conversation” just between the two intended parties.
To create this secure connection, an SSL certificate (also referred to as a “digital certificate”) is installed on a web server and serves two functions:
• It authenticates the identity of the website (this guarantees visitors that they’re not on a bogus site)
• It encrypts the data that’s being transmitted