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Non developer here :) Can someone help with this Finding API and HTTPS requirement question?

Hello everyone, I am not a developer but I have a custom written desktop application written in C# that uses the Finding API for my business. Regarding the new HTTPS requirement, I thought that C# would support these kinds of calls (i.e. you just swap in "HTTPS"), but perhaps it is not that simple? Could someone suggest what might need to be done here? I have a developer that does all of my coding, but I could use some guidance with this as I'm not sure how much effort this will need. Or if this desktop application will be able to continue to work. Does it need to be web based or something? Thank you for any direction!!
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sblake123 answered ·
Thank you very much clickimus, helios and floodzone.. This is good news to end the week, everyone keep well.
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clickimusprime answered ·
Certs are not required for client side HTTPS. Certs are used to set up the server side connection. You do need to have SSL support on the system for the client side, but that is generally baked in. You may need to add libraries as mentioned earlier if you can't make HTTPS requests. Just do test a request. If you can get a response you have what you need. Generally speaking, just testing stuff like this is a lot less effort than posting the question to a forum. Also check out letsencrypt.org for free SSL certs. It takes about 10 minutes to setup and they have a command line renewal and install tools that takes care of the install on Apache and other platforms. It's a non-profit funded by big tech and ecommerce players and they have over 50% of the market now.
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sblake123 answered ·
Thanks for this post, I’m also a non-developer in the same situation (using PHP/MySQL), my question though (sorry if it's obvious!) please could I confirm if it’s necessary to have an SSL certificate installed on my website? And if so, any advice on the best/cheapest option? NB: We had a Thawte SSL for many years but it’s expensive and a lengthy application process, so I’m hoping there’s a better option nowadays.. I’ve seen “Let’s Encrypt Authority X3” (free/donations) used and so just researching further.. Thank you for any help and advice!!
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helios825 answered ·
You should be fine, and I would suspect the desktop app you have will work with https. Generally speaking, just swapping in "https" for "http" is all you should need to do. (But there might be some small unexpected hitches if your software doesn't have libraries compiled for making https calls. Unlikely, but possible.)
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