Thursday, January 1, 2009

The main difference between http:// and https://

THIS IS IMPORTANT................................
What is the difference between http and https?

**The main difference between http:// and
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 data 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 web page, and look at the
address in the web browser, it will likely begin with
the following:=2 0http://.
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://, 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://.
If it doesn't, there's no way you're going to enter
sensitive information like a credit card number.

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