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Thursday, July 27, 2017

What is the difference between http and https?

Written by: Melekwe Sunday

Many of you may be unaware of this difference, but it is worth sharing for any those that are not conversant with it.
The main difference between http:// and https:// is all about keeping you secured on the internet.

HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol.

The S (big surprise) stands for "SECURE".

If you visit a Website or web page, and look at the address in the web browser, it is likely begin with the following:

This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular unsecured 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 or make transactions on such website, someone might see the information you send to that site.

This is why you should never ever enter your credit card number in an Http website!
However, if the web address begins with https://, which means that 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/Debit card Information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https: //.
If it does not, you should NEVER enter sensitive Information such as a credit/debit card number in that site to avoid having sad experiences.

Most cybercrimes occur in unsecured sites, so be conscious of every site you vist and what you do in that site.

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