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Know the difference: HTTP vs HTTPS

I am sure you have seen these two text strings before almost every site you have visited online. They are so common that people seem to cast them off as "standard" for when browsing the internet. But what do they mean?


HTTP stands for "Hypertext Transfer Protocol" and was created in the early stages of the internet. It allows for the web browsers and servers to communicate. HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) was created afterwards and offers more security when interacting with sites.


Why is this important? If you are on a site that is asking for personal information for any number of reasons; check the whole address and ensure the site is using HTTPS. If it isn't, think twice about giving out your information, or ensure you are implementing some extra security measures,


Some sites that dive more in depth:

https://www.hostinger.com/tutorials/http-vs-https#Differences_Between_HTTP_vs_HTTPS

https://www.globalsign.com/en/blog/the-difference-between-http-and-https




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