[Biopython-dev] Fwd: [Utilities-announce] NCBI will transition to HTTPS on September 1, 2016

Peter Cock p.j.a.cock at googlemail.com
Wed Jun 22 14:52:47 UTC 2016

Hello to all the Open Bio* projects etc,

This is just a heads up that (all?) the NCBI website resources will be switching
to HTTPS later this year.

>From my testing for Biopython is seems you can already request HTTPS,
and the good news is that Entrez (E-Utils) and QBLAST both already seem
to work:



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From:  <utilities-announce at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov>
Date: Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 2:31 PM
Subject: [Utilities-announce] NCBI will transition to HTTPS on September 1, 2016
To: NLM/NCBI List utilities-announce <utilities-announce at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov>

Starting on September 1st, when you visit NCBI pages, you’ll see a
green lock and https:// in the address bar instead of http://. This
lets you know that you are really on an NCBI page – that our server
identity is confirmed – and that your communication with our server is
encrypted and private.

Here’s what to expect if you’re a general user or a scripter:

For general users

You will see the changes mentioned above – https:// and a green lock
in the address bar – but you don’t have to update or change anything.

You don’t need to clear your cache or update any links to NCBI pages
that you’ve put on your own webpages or shared with people. We will
redirect all our pages to https://.

For scripters

To keep calls from failing, use https:, not http:.

Scripts that use HTTP POST to send data will not work once we
transition from HTTP to HTTPS on September 1st.

If you'd like to know more about this change to HTTPS, please read The
HTTPS-Only Standard [https://https.cio.gov/ ] from the Federal Chief
Information Officers website.

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