What Is HTTPS?
Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a web transfer protocol that uses encryption to secure communications. HTTPS ensures encrypted communication and a secure connection between an end-user and a webserver.
HTTPS stands for hypertext transfer protocol secure. This protocol is the secure version of HTTP. Its function is to securely send data between a website and a web browser. The main difference between HTTP and HTTPS is that the second provides encrypted data transfer. When information is sent over regular HTTP, the data is broken into packets that can be easily “sniffed” with the help of free software.
HTTPS encrypts every data packet using the SSL or TLS encryption technique. This technical condition is especially important because it guarantees the privacy and security of sensitive data you provide online. If you want to be sure that your sensitive data – billing details, credit card transactions, user login, etc. is securely processed to web servers then always use HTTPS websites.
Most web browsers support this secure data transfer protocol. To recognize websites that provide HTTPS look for a green padlock in the URL bar. It signifies that the webpage is secure.
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