Do you know the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?

– Posted in: Security

Some days it’s frustrating trying to explain even the simplest things about a URL. Latest topic, the difference between “http” & “https.” Do you know the difference?

HTTP means Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It is an application protocol for distributed, collaborative, hypermedia information systems. HTTP is the foundation of data communication for the World Wide Web.

So, when you place or see an ‘S’ after HTTP,  (HTTPS) it means Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure and allows for secure banking and ecommerce. Technically, HTTPS not a protocol in itself. It’s more the result of layering the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) on top of the SSL/TLS (Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security) protocol. This adds security capabilities of SSL/TLS to standard HTTP communications. In short, when you see the ‘S’ after HTTP… It states that the site has a security layer to protect your private information.

Web browsers such as Internet Explorer and Firefox display a padlock icon to indicate that the website is secure, as it also displays https:// in the address bar. This is easily seen so you have confidence the site is secure. If you click on a URL that starts with ‘https’ and there is no SSL/TLS layer, you’ll probably reach a page that says, “This Connection is Untrusted.” Do NOT visit a site that says “This Connection is Untrusted!” It’s NOT safe!

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