March 8, 2021

Privacy: HTTPS Now Available For Many ProQuest Systems (With More to Come)

Good news for ProQuest users and those interested in library privacy.

From a Blog post by Daniel Ayala, Director, Global Information Security at ProQuest:

I’m happy to announce that as of today, the ProQuest Platform has enabled HTTPS capability across the application. This means that your private information and searches will stay as safe and secure as possible when using HTTPS, no matter how and where you access the ProQuest Platform. Also, all new ProQuest systems in the future will leverage HTTPS by default.

Some ProQuest products have supported HTTPS for a while, and some others are still to come, but since the ProQuest platform has the widest exposure to users of all of ProQuest’s technologies, this change means we can help secure the largest bulk of your search and document retrieval traffic as possible with one change.

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As of January 12, 2017, the following systems support HTTPS either fully or as an active alternative to HTTP:

– ProQuest platform (search.proquest.com)

– ProQuest Dialog (search.proquest.com/professional)

– ProQuest Administrator Module (PAM)

– Legacy RefWorks

– The New RefWorks

– Ebook Central

– ProQuest Research Companion

– Pi2 Drug Safety Triager

– Alexander Street Platform (search.alexanderstreet.com)

– Alexander Street Academic Video Store (search.alexanderstreet.com/store)

– Alexander Street Admin Portal

Within the coming months, we will update the following systems to enable HTTPS support. Exact timing will be announced on the Support Portal and communicated to customers:

– Pivot

– eLibrary

– CultureGrams

– SIRS

– HeritageQuest Online

– ProQuest Congressional (congressional.proquest.com)

Direct to Complete Blog Post (Including Configuration Specifications)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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