What is HTTPS?

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HTTPSSometimes when you visit certain websites, you must have seen https instead of http and wondered what does it mean.

HTTPS stand for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. It is simply layering the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) on top of the SSL/TLS protocol, that adds the security capabilities of SSL/TLS to standard HTTP communications. The main motive for HTTPS is to prevent wiretapping and man-in-the-middle attacks. In simple words, it is another protocol primarily developed for secure and safe Internet transactions.

HTTPS is used by Websites that collects sensitive customer data such as banking information, credit card information or purchasing information. So when you are making an online transaction, you must make sure that it is done over HTTPS so that your data is safe.

How can we tell if the website is using HTTPS or not?

It is very simple to verify if a particular website is using HTTPS or not. Just look for the below mentions and you can identify them:

  • There will be a lock icon in the browser window pane (usually at the bottom)
  • The URL will say “https://”

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