What is the difference between “HTTP” and “HTTPS”?
Time to know this, with 32 lakh Debit Cards compromised in India! Some of you may be aware of this difference, but it is worth sharing for many those who are not. The main difference between “http” and “https” is all about keeping you secure.
“http” stands for “HyperText Transfer Protocol“. The “s” (big surprise) stands for “Secure“.
If you visit a Website or Web Page and look at the address bar in the Web Browser, it is likely, to begin with, the following: “http” or “https”.
If the website you visited starts with ” http:// ” – It 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. If you fill out a form on the Website, someone might see the information you send to that site.
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 means your computer is talking to the Website in a Secure Code that no one can eavesdrop on.
Check our own website – digitaljacky.com for SSL Certificate. On the address bar of your browser you can see a green lock icon, click on it and it will show you a message saying – Connection is secure. Your information (for example – Password, Credit/Debit Card Numbers ) is private when it is sent to this site.
Now, we hope you understood why this is so important.
If a Website ever asks you to enter your Credit/Debit Card Information, you should automatically look to see if the Web Address begins with “https://”
If it doesn’t, you should NEVER enter any Sensitive Information such as a Password, Credit/Debit Card Number etc…
Very Important : Also, While checking the name of any Website, first look for the domain extension (Eg: “.com” or “.org”, “.co.in”, “.net” etc). The name just before this is the Domain name of the Website.
For Example: “http://amazon.diwali -festivals.com”, the word before “.com” is “diwali-festivals” (and NOT “amazon”).
So, this Webpage does not belong to “amazon.com” but belongs to “diwali-festivals.com”, which we all haven’t heard of before.
You can similarly check for bank frauds. Before your e-banking logins, make sure that the name just before “.com” is the name of your bank. Eg: “something. icicibank.com” belongs to icici; but, “icicibank. some1else.com” belongs to “some1else.”