JXT Service Announcement
Published on 28 Nov 2016
JXT Service Announcement
As you know, JXT is the number one provider of cloud-based digital marketing solutions for recruiters and corporate recruiters.
We are performing major infrastructure upgrades to JXT Platform to future-proof the platform which we anticipate will be complete by the end January 2017.
Details about the upgrade:
We’re moving much of JXT’s horsepower to much bigger, much faster network. Our recent growth and the rapid improvements in website technology, mean that we have to add extra capability much sooner than anticipated.
A major part of this is SSL Standardisation. In order to facilitate this transition, ALL clients will need an SSL Certificate. SSL may sound familiar to many but they might not necessarily know what it does exactly, except that it has something to do with the internet. Look at the navigation bar on sites such as the major banks for example and you will notice a padlock; this means any data you transmit to the website will be secure.
Reference article to find out more: https://security.googleblog.com/2016/09/moving-towards-more-secure-web.html
Why is it important?
In a nutshell, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is used to secure the data transmitted over the internet between your computer and the destination servers. This could be the password you used to log into Facebook or your credit card information when you are purchasing something online, basically any important information you wouldn’t want others to know.
With an SSL certificate, any information that is transmitted becomes encrypted by inserting random characters into the original message making it unreadable to everyone except the intended server. This makes it nearly impossible for hackers to steal your information.
Why do I need SSL?
In 2014 Google introduced HTTPS as a lightweight search signal in an attempt to raise awareness of online security issues and encourage more webmasters to get SSL certificates for their websites. The idea was to make the web a safer place by ensuring secure server connections and maximum privacy for online users. With this goal still in focus, Google decided to further improve online safety by allowing search engines to crawl HTTPS pages by default.
On 8th September 2016, Google made a significant announcement - Starting in 2017, Google will begin labelling any websites that do not have SSL as “Not secure.” This means if your website uses any password to login or is an eCommerce site or captures data via forms and people visit it using Chrome, Google is going to send visitors a big warning that the site is not secure if it doesn’t have an SSL certificate. This will turn people away!
We don't want that for any of our client's sites, which is why we are working hard to deliver this upgrade before the end of the year.
What this will mean for you:
In short, faster websites. More security and more scalability. We’ll soon be able to offer a global network that speeds up page load time and is future-proofed to provide a highly secure user experience for all JXT clients.
In light of Google’s announcement, we are looking forward to completing 90% of this by the end of the year. We’re servicing over 800 clients across the APAC currently, as we expand into Europe and the United States, we’re forecasting the volume of traffic to ramp up significantly. We may well be receiving in excess of 34,000 jobs per day by the end of the year so we are keen to make sure you can all sprint out of the starting blocks in the New Year!
Even better than that, we’ve already done most of the legwork for you. Our team have set-up all sites sitting on the JXT Platform so you’re ready for the transition.
What do I need to do?
To get you there, requires 2 steps which need to be completed by Friday 16th December:
1) Your site needs to be secured with an SSL certificate.
2) You will need to make changes to your DNS records. This is a critical step to ensure your website maintains its secure status with google.
To assist you with the DNS changes, if your Domain is self-managed, we will provide you with all the information you need to implement the changes. Alternatively, if you are happy to provide us with access, we can do this for you.
If your Domain is managed by a third-party, we will provide all the information they need to implement the changes. Alternatively, if you are happy to provide us with their details our team will happily manage this directly with your domain provider.
You will receive further communication from our team around next steps and how you can ensure a smooth transition.