What's the difference between http:// and https://?

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Many people buy, have bought, or will buy something via the internet, but how do you know your information is safe?

HTTP stands for HyperText Transport Protocol which is a fancy name for the language computers use to pass information between web servers and clients.

When you visit a website, take a look at the address in the web browser.  Typically it will begin with the phrase, http://.

This means the website it talking to your browser using regular language, making it possible for someone else to "eavesdrop" on your computer's conversation with the webpage.

When you fill out forms on these types of pages, it is possible that someone else could see the information you send.

But, if the address in the web browsers begins with https:// any information you input is safe.

The letter 's' ensures that the webpage is secure and that information you send is private.

The next time you make a purchase online, be sure to double check for that 's' to make sure no one is listening in on some juicy gossip.