Feeds

Google to enforce SSL encryption on developer APIs

September 15: HTTPS or nothing

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Google will soon require the use of SSL encryption with three of its developer-facing APIs.

Beginning September 15, Google will require all developers to use SSL connections for all requests through its Google Documents List, Google Spreadsheet, and Google Sites APIs. In other words, these APIs will only accept requests via HTTPS. If you make a request to an old HTTP address, such as http://docs.google.com/feeds/default/private/full, it will no longer work. You must use https://docs.google.com/feeds/default/private/full.

If you're using the latest version of the Google Data Client libraries, Google says, you needn't change anything. Those libraries already use SSL across the board. If you're not using those libraries, you must change all HTTP URLs in your code to HTTPS.

Google is not requiring SSL on all its APIs, but it "strongly recommends" that you use such encryption with all your Google API clients. The company has started with the Document List, Spreadsheet, and Sites API because most traffic to these APIs is already encrypted with SSL.

Mountain View has led the web in the gradual migration to SSL encryption: Gmail now defaults to SSL, it's an option with Google web search, and Google Docs – the company's online word processor – requires SSL. But other big names, including Facebook, have followed suit.

With most Google APIs, SSL is used with technical documentation, client libraries, and code samples already use SSL. This week, the company also announced that the Google Maps API is now offering SSL to all developers. Previously, it only offered SSL to "Premier" customers. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
BBC: We're going to slip CODING into kids' TV
Pureed-carrot-in-ice cream C++ surprise
China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
Told to cough up more details as antitrust probe goes deeper
Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit
And at the back of the field, Windows 8.1 is sprinting away from Windows 8
Linux turns 23 and Linus Torvalds celebrates as only he can
No, not with swearing, but by controlling the release cycle
Scratched PC-dispatch patch patched, hatched in batch rematch
Windows security update fixed after triggering blue screens (and screams) of death
This is how I set about making a fortune with my own startup
Would you leave your well-paid job to chase your dream?
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?