Monday, January 19, 2009

WWW Information

What is the difference between http and https

 

> FIRST MANY PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE OF

> 

> **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 information 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 webpage, and look at the address in the web

> browser, it wi ll likely begin with the following: http://.

> 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.

> 

> PASS IT ON   (You may save someone a lot of grief)

Thanks Jim E.

 

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