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Google security changes mean you may need an SSL certificate

Changes to how Google Chrome treats standard HTTP websites mean that sites which collect any form of data – even simple contact forms or site search – will need a security certificate or risk being labelled as “not secure”.

Currently, where a site runs without an SSL security certificate, Google flags pages that collect client information using a “i” before the URL in the browser URL field.

SSL certificates have traditionally been used for sites that collect sensitive personal and financial data, to ensure that any data is encrypted and secure. Many websites that collect non-sensitive information have operated without SSL certificates, and simply had the pages that include forms etc subtly marked by Google Chrome.

However, all that is about to change as Google ramps up its security requirements. From July, sites that currently have any pages marked as not secure will have a stronger warning posted in the URL field across the whole site (see image below)

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Google is likely to take this further in future. Alongside this change, any site that has an SSL certificate from cybersecurity software company Symantec will not only be labelled as insecure but any links in Google will take the user straight to a warning page, rather than the site itself.

It is suspected that Google will eventually treat all “non secure” sites in this way.

Certification applies not only to websites but also applications such as webmail and online CMS systems.

We are recommending that all clients who have any form of data capture on their site should now purchase an SSL certificate.

You can check if you have a certificate in a couple of ways:

Call your site up in Google Chrome and check whether there is a “i” in place before your URL. If there is, you will need to get an SSL certificate.

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If you already have a certificate you should see a padlock symbol instead.

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Get in touch with us on 0117 3250091 or email us  if you think you  may need to get an SSL certificate installed on your site.

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National arboretum website builds on community engagement

Our new website for Friends Of Westonbirt Arboretum puts the organisations community at the heart of its online activity, with public fundraising tools and online resources for members.

The responsive website includes a number of tools for engaging supporters, including a community fundraising platform that allows members of the public to set up their own fundraising pages in support of the arboretum.

User-friendly membership and the sale of “virtual products’ including the ability to adopt parts of the arboretum via an interactive map are helping to drive fundraising and income generation for the national arboretum’s charity body by providing more focussed online engagement with their 30,000 members.

The site also brings the charity’s popular monthly magazine fully online, with a dedicated magazine and archive section included in the website’s blogging platform.

Visit FOWA’s website >>

 

Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

Responsive site for relaunched animal charity

Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

Bristol Dogs and Cats Home relaunched as Bristol A.R.C. with a new, responsive website designed and created by Tickbox to launch their new brand.

The site, built on our Hummingbird 3 website platform, reflect the new brand identity for the organisation and includes many of our powerful community engagement and fundraising tools.

We created a user-friendly animal matching database that allows prospective adopters to find the perfect animal for them. Strong use of images and a light, friendly “voice” to the site support the new brand messages of the Bristol-based charity.

The site includes a fundraising platform, interactive timeline and donation facilities as well as being designed to work seamlessly with mobile devices.

 Visit Bristol A.R.C.’s website >>

 

New year, new sites, for busy Tickbox

Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

Bristol A.R.C. care for 1000s of animals every year

It may have been a cold January, but there was no hibernating for the busy bees in our development team with two new sites launching in the month.

First up, we sprinkled some digital magic with an upgraded site for the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum (FOWA).

Westonbirt, near Tetbury in Gloucestershire, is the national arboretum and its 18,000 trees across 600 acres are managed by the Forestry Commission. Support from the Friends organisation is vital to maintaining and improving the beautiful and much visited site.

The new FOWA site helps them achieve their goals by incorporating innovative, specially designed online tools to allow supporters to fundraise for the organisation directly via the site.

FOWA members can now enjoy a clearer, more comprehensive interface with the organisation via the site, and there is now an online version of their magazine.

The site was developed using Tickbox’s collaborative approach. FOWA have been satisfied customers now for many years and appreciate the agency’s ethos.

The second major project also reunited Tickbox with an organisation they have worked with in the past – Bristol Dogs and Cats Home. The Bristol animal charity had launched a comprehensive rebranding exercise of its Animal Rescue Centre in the city.

As well as a press and advertising campaign, they commissioned Tickbox to provide a new responsive site.

Among the benefits of the new site is a new comprehensive and interactive animal rehoming section, and a fundraising platform that enables the Centre to set up and manage appeals.

The work will help the RSPCA in Bristol continue its work, caring for 12,000 animals annually, and rehoming 2,000.

There’s a certain symmetry in working for people who care for dogs along with people who care for trees, but we’re not reflecting on that, as we push on with a busy schedule in February.

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Volunteer Makers start the year with stilettos, armour and dreaming spires

If 2017 was a busy year for Claire Sully and the Tickbox team as Volunteer Makers caught imaginations up and down the country, so 2018 has continued to build on that momentum.

Claire led Volunteer Makers workshops at the Royal Armories Leeds and with  Snapping the Stiletto, an Essex County Council inter-museum project.

These popular workshops explore how organisations can tap into the micro-volunteering revolution and how they can use the Volunteer Makers platform to achieve this for free for 6 months, followed after by low monthly fees.

Royal Armories is the home of the national arms and armour collection and is a must for militaria buffs as well as all those with an interest in our nation’s history.

Opened in 1996, the Leeds museum complements other Royal Armories’ sites at the Tower of London, and Fort Nelson, near Fareham.

From the weapons of yore to destroying the stereotypes of “Essex Girls”, the next assignment could not have been more different!

Snapping The Stiletto is a project that helps rebuff the “white mini-dress and high heels” cliché attached to Essex, by bringing the county’s museums together to uncover the real stories of strong and pioneering women.

Bringing these hidden stories to the public involved many volunteers, and this is where Volunteer Makers came in.

Museum Project Officer Pippa Smith said: “The training was really useful in bringing together the partners and giving us the time and space to reflect on where we all are with volunteering in our various organisations and how we can move forward.

“For me personally it showed me how the platform can work really well to provide a framework for what is quite a complicated project with a lot of partners.”

Another January highlight was when the Museum of Oxford launched its Volunteer Makers’ platform.

Its volunteer challenge scheme is designed to gamify working with the museum and encourages volunteers to fulfil a number of different roles and engage more closely with the institution’s work.

Cllr Dee Sinclair, who is on the board that runs the museum, summed up the Volunteer Makers’ ethos succinctly: “This is the perfect opportunity to expand volunteering to those who may not be able to regularly be involved. Volunteering can be flexible and can easily fit around your life.“

For more information on Volunteer Makers workshops with free use of the Volunteer Makers technology, get in touch.