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If you are using a personal device you may be receiving messages such as “Your connection is not private” or “Safari cannot open the page because it could not establish a secure connection to the server” when trying to browse to specific websites while connected to the HPS wireless network.

We use SSL decryption to filter and monitor all website traffic.  In order for your device to comply with this you need to install our SSL certificate to your device.

Please click here for instructions on setting up the certificate to resolve this issue:

What is SSL?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer.  It is a standard technology used by websites to encrypt and secure traffic between a website and your web browser.  It ensures data between them remains private so hackers can’t intercept the information in plain text and receive things such as your passwords, form information, etc.  Any website using a https: instead of http: is using SSL.  SSL used to be mainly used for banks and online stores to protect financial information such as accounts and credit cards, however now it used by almost all business websites including Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

Why do we need this SSL certificate?

Since all of the traffic is encrypted through SSL websites, in order to properly filter websites, including inappropriate search terms, keywords, and web categories, that connection needs to be decrypted by our web filter.  We legally are required to filter this as a public educational institution.  If we did not decrypt this traffic all search queries, such as through Google, would come up as “google.com” to our web filter, instead of what the search term actually was.

In order for the browser to trust our web filter in decrypting that connection you need to install our certificate.  It tells your device that the decrypting taking place is trusted and OK to do.  Without the certificate, when our filter attempts to decrypt the data, your web browser will inform you the connection is not secure and that someone may be trying to steal your information, such as the message below:

 

 

 

 

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