Http or https – which is better and are they different?

It’s a tiny difference but hugely important in keeping our sensitive information secure.

In your internet browser, HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol; the language that the internet uses in order to communicate.  However this language can be intercepted and the contents can be copied, which makes it useless for transmitting data that is sensitive.

But the good news is that when you see the extra “S” which stands for secure (i.e. it looks like this – https), it means the HTTP language will be encrypted when it is sent along the internet to its destination, allowing you to feel confident that no malicious third party will be able to intercept its content.

So the difference between HTTP and HTTPS  is that one is open for potentially everyone to see and the other is not.  Given that piece of news, when you need to enter your credit card details on a website  you should check that the start of the address has changed to HTTPS, if it has not you should not enter your details – because it isn’t safe!

While knowing the difference between HTTP and HTTPS will help you understand whether or not a site is secure it will not be able to tell you if the website itself is a scam or malicious, so it’s always best to conduct a general Google search to on the site and get some positive ( or negative!) reviews beforehand.

| February 21st, 2013 | Posted in Internet Explorer, Internet search |

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