How to Know a Website is Secure

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There are many many tips on how to make sure that you enter your personal and bank information only on secure sites. Here we are going to talk about http and https websites. 

If you visit a website or a webpage, and look at the address in the web browser, it is most likely that the websites are displayed as http:\\www…… or https:\\www……

So what exactly is this http and https? What is the difference between http and https websites. Many of the people who work or do business frequently on the internet are already aware of the difference, but if you don’t this is really one important information you can not do without. 

The main difference between http: and https: is that it is all about keeping you secure. HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. The big surprise S stands for “Secure”. 

If the website starts with http:\\ then this means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular “unsecure” language. Hypertext Transfer Protocol (http) is a system that allows the transmitting and receiving of information across the Internet. Http allows information, such as the text you are reading right now, to be accessed from the server by your web browser. While http allows for the quick and easy transmission of information it is not secure and it is possible for a third party to “listen in” to the “conversation” between servers and clients. 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 this website, someone might see the information that you send to that site. 

While this is not a concern when you are browsing the internet to collect information or research etc. but it becomes important when you are entering personal information. 

This is why you should never ever enter your credit card number in an Http website. But if the web address begins with https:\\ that basically means that your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on. 

If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with a https:\\… If it doesn’t you should NEVER enter sensitive information such as a credit card number. 


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