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GO Smart requires an SSL certificate to open linked web pages. This means applicants need to provide web page links that begin with the https:// lead in if they want reviewers to link directly to their support material.  Applicants may type in any active webpage when you request that they provide links to their support materials, but having a site operate without an SSL certificate (ie, they begin with http://) will likely alert reviewers, through their browsers, that the site is insecure and could scare potential visitors.

If you will be requesting that your applicants provide links to their support materials, we suggest that you include directive language to your applicants that they use a “let’s encrypt” SSL certificate which is free and can be found here: https://letsencrypt.org/docs/godaddy/. Alternatively, they can use a site like bitly.com to create a secure pseudo link.