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21Sep, 2016

the big “S” in https that stands for secuirty – SSL


What is the difference between http and https?

The main difference between
http:// and https:// is, It’s all about keeping you secure with SSL- secure socket layer 

HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol and the S(big surprise) stands for “Secure Socket Layer”: SSL

Websites that deal with sensitive user data such as bio data, credit/debit card transaction or even client basic info are usually SSL protected, this reduces the risk of attack and access to vital information submitted in confidence by unwanted web poachers .  SSL security is of various kinds based on user needs and recommendation from your web master but they all protect your site and save you headache of dealing with incessant hacking and loss of data in some cases.

If you visit a website or web page, and look at the address in the web browser,
it will likely begin with the following: http://…
This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular ‘unsecured’ 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 should never ever enter your credit card number in a 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://(ssl)

If it doesn’t.
You should NEVER enter sensitive information such as a credit card number.

If your site deals with sensitive user data then you need SSL

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