HTTP versus HTTPS

In this world of uncertainty many times we are made to worry about so many things that we don’t know whether to turn right or left.  This is further compounded if we are new or in the process of learning how to use the personal computer and the internet.

Some tips were shared to me on how to keep your personal and financial information safe.  And avoid major problems.

Which websites are safe and which are not?

  1. HTTP stands for Hypertext Transport 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.  The important thing is the letter S which makes the difference between HTTP and HTTPS.  The S (big surprise) stands for “Secure”.
  2. If you visit a site, 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.
  3. Without an S at the end, any information you provide when filling out forms online may be seen by someone else. This is why you never, ever enter your credit card number in an http website!
  4. 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. This is so important when a website asks to enter your credit card information.
  5. Make it a practice to automatically see if the web address begins with https://.

Feel free to share this with others to help all of us feel a little more at ease.  I am always available on Skype: patient.computer.tutor for any questions.  Or you can email me directly at: [email protected].  

David Goes has more than 20 years of experience in the financial services and computer industry.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Information Systems with cum laude designation.  His expertise is in providing computer solutions that deliver business value and personal efficiency through database management, computer optimization, and online marketing.

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