HTTP Tip for the New Year

HTTP Tip for the New Year

HTTP Tip for the New Year

Do you know the difference between http and https? Without getting into details that you likely are not concerned about there is one thing you should know. The “S” stands for “secure.”

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.

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