Online Data Services Help

Help With HTTPS/SSL

This web site uses HTTPS/TLS/SSL transport layer crypotography to encrypt and shield important and private data from being seen by other people on the Internet. Most people do not realize traffic on the Internet can be seen by anyone along the path of the message. Much like someone in the postal system could read a post card you mailed home. That post card is visible by anyone with access to it.

To protect sensitive data, web sites using HTTPS encrypt messages using keys so only the sender and receiver can see the original message. The message is not readable along the way.

You can verify your are viewing over a secure connection on this web site in several ways:

  • There will be a small yellow bar at the top of the web page that says you are viewing over a secure connection. This means everything appears OK to our web server. However, you must also verify that:
  • Your web browser says you are viewing over a secure connection. Typically that means there is a little lock icon. Each web browser is different, so consult your software's help for more information.
  • The web address will begin with https://apps.sos.wv.gov/. Anytime you need to enter a username and password, or otherwise transfer sensitive information, the web site address should begin with https://apps.sos.wv.gov/ and have all of these features. Normal web pages will not.

Some examples of these features in web browser software:

Example Screenshots

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 — 8:00 AM