Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Difference Between http and https

MANY PEOPLE ARE UNAWARE that the main difference between http:// and https:// is It's all about keeping you secure** HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transport Protocol,

The S (big surprise) stands for "Secure". If you visit a web site 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 possiblefor 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 never ever enter your credit card number in an 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://.

If it doesn't, there's no way you're going to enter sensitive information like a credit card number.

PASS IT ON (You may save someone a lot of grief).


The Human Potential said...

if its possible to see, then tell me how

Robert Foo said...


First you try and login to see the different. As Human has the Potential to see the different in everything we explore. Thank you for reading my blog.

Wan said...

Hi Robert,
what a coincidence.... i attended a seminar on Personal Data Proctection Act 2010 yesterday.
just to share with you, even though we are accessing internet banking via https, but all info and data transacted via these "secured" sites will still be prone to be revealed to 3rd parties.
try to read their disclaimer or agreement of usage, there is a clause which would states that all info entered via that site will become the properties / rights of that bank and it is up to their discretion to made it available to their advertisers or any interested 3rd parties.
however with this Act becoming effective now, these banks have to be very careful....
Have a GREAT day, Robert!

Robert Foo said...

Hi Wan,

We seemed to be at the same wave length. Thank you for those useful information.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this important info.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this important info.

Robert Foo said...


Thank you for reading my blog.