The importance of using an SSL Certificate secured CNAME

SSL Certificates on the Web

Web browsers use HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) to create a connection to a website. Using HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure) guarantees the use of a secure connection. If no secure connection to a website is possible, nefarious actors could tap into traffic between the web browser and the website.

Until mid-2018 Google’s Chrome browser indicated the use of an SSL certificate in-browser by placing a green padlock icon in the address bar. Since mid-2018 this has been replaced by a grey padlock icon, and the words “Not Secure” on sites that were not using an SSL certificate.

These changes signal the fact that using SSL certificates is becoming the standard and anyone who doesn't use SSL certificates to secure their websites runs the risk of being demoted in page rankings and blocked or penalized by browsers/platforms.

 

SSL Certificates in Email

Just as web browsers and other platforms are beginning to signal SSL as the standard, email clients and platforms are beginning to wake up to the risk of non-secure links with email copy.

Some ESPs have begun to enforce SSL link wrapping and some receiving platforms have begun to use non-SSL links as a Spam Score indicator, which can impact the delivery of emails.

To ensure that all ad requests and cookie-sync calls to LiveIntent are sent over secure https protocols, please adhere to the guidelines for setting up an SSL CNAME with LiveIntent.

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