What happened to the website?

Peter Forster GPS Update

Some of you may have gone to our website this past weekend and been surprised to learn that the site was “dangerous.” Although some of the ideas that we talk about here might be viewed that way, the reason this happened had to do with the challenges of maintaining SSL encryption and the highest level of security.

Basically, for 3 days our SSL certificate was out of date.

You may notice that the web address for our site is https://www.gatewaypsychiatric.com

The https indicates that the content is secured using an SSL certificate.

SSL Certificates are small data files that digitally bind a cryptographic key to an organization’s details. When installed on a web server, it activates the padlock and the https protocol (over port 443) and allows secure connections from a web server to a browser. Typically, SSL is used to secure credit card transactions, data transfer and logins, and more recently is becoming the norm when securing browsing of social media sites. SSL Certificates bind together:

A domain name, server name or hostname.
An organizational identity (i.e. company name) and location.

This requires verification by phone as well as email that we are who we say we are in this process sometimes gets bogged down.

But were up and running now. And now that we’re done with the excitement of renewing our SSL certificate I will be able to turn to more regular updates of clinical interest on this blog.

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