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What is HTTPS?

What is HTTPS?

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HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It's the language that is used to deliver information over the web, and it’s the first element you see in any URL.

Most web browsers (including Internet Explorer) use an encrypted protocol called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) to access secure webpages. These pages use the prefix HTTPS. The "s" stands for secure.

If you're just browsing the web and not entering any sensitive information, HTTP:// is just fine. However, on pages where you enter your password, credit card number, or other financial information, you should always look for the https:// prefix. If you don't see the "s," don't enter any information that you want to keep secure.

For more information, see Privacy in Internet Explorer.

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  • Thanks, it's really useful. Especially for people like me who have nowhere to stay and have to travel round (NZ, in my case, although it would obviously apply for travelling elsewhere)  for months, maybe using internet cafes.  

    It would also be useful to know about  https for mobile phones: does it work for a service provider, all service providers, or only some?

  • Basic yet useful article.. thanx

  • on my verizon email  every time i click anywhere to email or write or send or back to sent emails I receive the box

    security warning stating this webpage contains content that will not be delivered using a secure HTTPS connection, which could compromise the entire webpage..... and its annoying for this to pop up each time on emails.

    Please advise

  • Not all page elements are necessarily delivered secured.  That taxes the delivery speed.  There may be some browser settings you can explore, but it will be "less safe".

    if its a "pure" email client, you won't get this message or you might see images blocked.  The request for the image may call the server and will have some info to get the images back for you.

    Lastly an "expired" certificate should be somehow/wherever notified to the website owner.  This helps promote "secure" browsing.

  • Why don't you ring Verizon's helpdesk? they are best placed to help you.

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