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Internet Safety: Difference Between http and https

Updated on May 28, 2010

Have you seen this email being floated around the net?

If you haven't, then read on. It could save you a lot of headaches in the future.

It basically states that you need to be aware of where you are using your credit card online.

If the web address or url starts with http:// (hyper text transfer protocol) instead of https; //, then don't enter your personal information (like a debit, credit card or bank account info, social security numbers, PINs, or other sensitive information).

The "s" in https:// stand for "SECURE". If the web address only has the http:// vs. https:// don't trust it. That address is not secured with encrypted layers that keep your information safe.

Wise Geek says, "there are two common types of encryption layers: Transport Layer Security (TLS) and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), both of which encode the data records being exchanged.

Ok, but just because the website says its secure or even boasts of the title;

https://, .net, or .org

doesn't mean it's always safe.

Please make sure to check if it is a reputable company before giving them any sensitive information. For more about https:// is it really safe? read another hub by LifeBuilder here .

Wise geek has a plethora of useful information, whether for the beginner or advanced user, you'll always find helpful tidbits of internet saavy salvation.

See wisegeeks' description of the difference between http and https. Warning: their information is MUCH more detailed than mine. I've basically put it in "layman's terms", for people like me who don't want to read through a long list of super detailed descriptions when I'm only looking for a speedy answer. is a great site for learning basic internet safety, great tips on internet fraud, securing your computer and your information, about phishing and spyware. An all around good safety site.

Microsoft has an ONLINE SAFETY site that has dozens of helpful tips:

PROTECT YOURSELF while surfing the internet at all times.

Create strong passwords, handle suspicious e-mail messages, download files more safely, and use anti-phishing technologies to keep yourself safer online.

If you have teenagers that like to use the computer (what teen doesn't, in fact, most teens probably know more than you do about using technology, but that's another hub altogether), check out;

Check some of these out, you might be surprised, or You may just learn something that could save your sanity, your wallet or fulfill your money making internet dreams.

Have you heard or did you know before about http and https?

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    • yellowstar2000 profile imageAUTHOR

      Candice Collins 

      6 years ago from WestCoast Florida

      thank you for your awesome comment!

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      7 years ago

      HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer 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.

      You really don't need to know what it all stands for; the important thing is the letter S which makes the difference between HTTP and HTTPS. The S (big surprise) stands for "Secure". You probably didn't need me to tell you that, because you already knew it had something to do with security.

      For more information:

    • yellowstar2000 profile imageAUTHOR

      Candice Collins 

      8 years ago from WestCoast Florida

      thank you miss vocalcoach!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I had no idea that this existed. Good information. I will send this to my friends. Thank you so much! Vote up.

    • yellowstar2000 profile imageAUTHOR

      Candice Collins 

      8 years ago from WestCoast Florida

      thanks billyaustindillon!

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      8 years ago

      I great reminder and especially with all this phishing going on.


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