What is HTTPS?
We’ve noted how a good majority of webpage URLs begin with the prefix HTTP. However, what about the ones that don’t? What do they end with? Even if you haven’t thought about it, you’ve probably seen this prefix before, too. Very similar to HTTP in look and function, the other prefix for webpage URLs is actually HTTPS
.What makes HTTPS different from HTTP? Why should some pages have HTTPS and others shouldn’t? Does the “s” really make that much of a difference? All of these questions are important and can be explained with a little more insight into what HTTPS really is. While the two webpage prefixes are similar in many regards, they differ in some pretty important ways that could affect you and your loved ones if you aren’t careful.
Understanding the difference between the two webpage prefixes can help you and your loved ones browse the Internet in a safer manner and help prevent issues–including identity fraud. While the difference may seem small between the two, what they do can be pretty different and times, and these differences can greatly affect your privacy and security while you’re browsing and using the Internet. So, what are these differences, exactly? We’ll tell you.
While HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. HTTPS uses another function known as SSL. However, for now you do not need to know what that is.
The important thing to take away is that browsing a site in HTTPS gives you extra security and privacy when using the Internet. While there are times when having this privacy and security don’t matter, there are other times when it does. And, while HTTP is generally secure, there are instances where you shouldn’t be too careful, as you never know who could be accessing your HTTP links.
With that in mind, HTTPS is the standard when conducting things online that require some privacy. A good example of this is for websites or other sites that require secure transactions–such as Amazon or anywhere you should input sensitive data such as a credit/debit card number, social security number, etc. When you do these things online, it’s essential to make sure that you see an HTTPS.
When URLs are in this format, you can be sure that your information is safe and encrypted so that not everyone can see it. It’s in this way that HTTPS is a more secure and reliable counterpart to HTTP.