HTTP Tip for the New Year
When you visit a website or web page, take a look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with: http://. This is the normal way of your computer communicating with the website. When you see https:// then they are communicating on a secured network.
In other words, it is possible for someone to “eavesdrop” on your computer’s conversation with the http website. If you fill out a form on the website, it is not necessarily secure and others might be able to see the information you send to that site.
With a https website, the communication is in a secured code and it is much safer for you to enter personal information, such as a credit card number, onto an https website.
Before you enter your credit card number in any website, look for the https first!
Https:// is frequently used for banking, information forms, corporate log-on pages and other applications where company or personal data needs to be secure.
However, like most things, https is not fool-proof and it is important for you to be cautious and responsible with your personal information while using the Internet.