Posts tagged ‘browser’

The “s” is not a typo…

January 15, 2012

Ever typed in a website address and wondered why some start with “HTTP” and some with “HTTPS”? No, the “S” is not a typo!

But let’s start at the beginning…. HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol and acts as a request and response protocol for sending and receiving information over the Internet or World Wide Web.  All the information or data sent via HTTP is un-encrypted or in plain text. This means anyone who can intercept the data would be able to read it. Not a problem for simple browsing but think about all the things we do now on the Internet that we might not want other people to be able to see: banking, using your credit card to make a purchase, insurance claims, etc. Read more ►