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Blake Rogers
Blake Rogers
3,069 Points

What is the difference between HTTP and HTTPS

What is the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?

2 Answers

Casey Ydenberg
Casey Ydenberg
15,622 Points

HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, and all data that passes over the HTTPS protocol (both to and from the server) is encrypted. How this works is a little bit complex, but basically it means that if you're sharing your credit card or any information you wouldn't want the world to know, you should ensure that the website you're visiting uses HTTPS (you can see this in the status bar at the top of your browser).

Jason Anders
Jason Anders
Treehouse Moderator 145,858 Points

HTTP = HyperText Transfer Protocol

HTTPS = HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure

HTTPS connections are encrypted and cannot (should not) be able to be intercepted and read in transit.