In a post-Snowden world, large internet companies, especially Google, have been pushing to encrypt all website connections via SSL. For the end user the change is slight, as for SSL protected websites the URL switches from http:// to https://. The green lock icon signifies that all traffic between the browser and the server is encrypted and is much harder to snoop on.
We’ve had requests to provide secure access to the GIDEON web application as far back as 2010 from a government customer. By offering SSL access to both our website and web application we hope to provide additional peace of mind when using GIDEON.