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

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    Super Member butterflywing's Avatar
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    What is the difference between http and https?
    Don't know how many of you are aware of this difference, but it is
    worth sending to any that do not.....

    **The main difference between http:/// https:// is all
    about keeping you secure** HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol

    The S 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: http://.
    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 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, you should NEVER enter sensitive
    information, such as a credit card number.

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    Thanks for the heads up....I never knew that.

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    I just saw this on the news tonight. It is very useful information. Thank you!

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    Thanks for the info :)

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    Thanks for info!! Good to know these things!!!

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    Thanks!

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    Thanks good to know these things!

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    I only noticed this when they tightened up security at work- they block us from so many sites and I needed to add one as secure but it was not https and I couldn't!

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