Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Difference between http and https

When you visit some websites you see http:// and on other websites you will see https://, if you think there is no difference or the difference between them is not important, You are totally wrong.
The main difference between http:// and https:// is the s.

    What does HTTP and HTTPS stand for

    HTTP stands  for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol.
    The S (big  surprise)  stands for "Secure", which makes  HTTPS - Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure

    Why is the S important

     If you visit a Website or web page, look at the address in the web browser, it is likely to 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 secretly know all your computer's conversation with  the website. If you fill out any form on the website, someone else can see the information you send to that site. This is one of the reasons you  should never ever enter your credit card number or any other sensitive information in a websites that has Http, but if the web address begins with https:// (you will see a padlock sign beside the web address), it means your computer is talking to the website in  a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on.

    If want to enter your credit/debit card details on any website, you should check to see if the web address begins with https://.
    If  it doesn't, do not enter your credit/debit card numbers.

    Other things to check on a website

    While checking the name of any website, first look for the domain extension (.com or .org, .edu, .net  etc). The name just before domain extension is the domain name of the website. for example, http://wizywap.example.com.ng , the word before .com.ng is "example" (and not "wizywap"). This webpage does not belong to wizywap.com.ng but belongs to "example.com.ng", which we all haven't heard of before.
    You can similarly check for bank frauds/phishing sites.
    Before your ebanking login, make sure that the name just before .com(or the domain extension) is the name of your bank. "Something.firstbank.com" belongs to FirstBank; but, Firstbank.someoneelse.com belongs to "someoneelse".
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