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Typically Scholantis websites do not use an encrypted SSL connection when sending content to site visitors or editors. Data is transferred over http:// on port 80. Authentication uses Windows authentication using NTLM (v2) and is encrypted.
Enabling SSL (https:// on port 443) will make authentication more secure by adding another layer of security and encrypting all traffic. Websites don't typically contain sensitive content which needs to be protected during transit (unlike a portal).
Using SSL will cause one significant issue. Users may receive mixed content warnings and prompts from browsers, particularly Internet Explorer, if external content is embedded on pages. While still an issue this experience has improved in modern browsers and more recent versions of Internet Explorer.