Sunday, May 23, 2010

Difference between http & https

**The main difference between http:// and https:// < HTTPS://> is.

It's all about keeping you secure**

HTTP stands for HyperText Transport Protocol , which is just a fancy way of saying it's a protocol (a language , in a manner of speaking) for information to be passed back and forth between web servers and clients.

The important thing is the letter S which makes the difference between HTTP and HTTPS.

The S (big surprise) stands for "Secure". If you visit a website or webpage , and look at the address in the web browser , it will likely begin with the following: http://.

This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular 'unsecure' language.

In other words , it is possible for someone to "eavesdrop" on your computer's conversation with the website.

If you fill out a form on the website , someone might see the information you send to that site.

This is why you never ever enter your credit card number in an http website!

But , if the web address begins with https:// < HTTPS://> , that basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on.

You understand why this is so important , right?

If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information , you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https:// < HTTPS://> .

If it doesn't , there's no way you're going to enter sensitive information like a credit card number.

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