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Is it safe to access the library catalog and website from mobile devices?

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Yes. It is completely safe to use any part of the ODU Library Catalog or website on your smartphone or any other mobile device, despite a warning message you might receive.

When you try to use certain parts of the ODU Library Catalog or website, such as My Library Account or Make a Suggestion or Comment, on a smartphone, you may receive a warning about an invalid “website certificate” or “untrusted connection.”  

Simply click or tap the appropriate button (“Accept,” “Continue,” “Add Exception,” etc.) to ignore the warning and continue. 

These warning messages occur because of the type of website (SSL) certificate used by ODU.

A certificate is a special file on a website that allows your smartphone (or computer) to verify the identity of the website. The certificate is created by a trusted organization, called a Certificate Issuer.

Most of the time, the Issuer is automatically recognized by your device, but ODU’s Certificate Issuer, DigiCert, is unknown to some devices. Nevertheless, the certificate is valid, and any information sent between your device and the website is automatically encrypted.

See Figures 1 and 2 for more information about ODU’s Certificate.

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