Website Terminology Glossary
HTTPS / HTTP
HTTP and HTTPS are two protocols used for transmitting data over the internet. HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol, while HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure.
HTTP is an application layer protocol used for transmitting data between web servers and web browsers. It is the standard protocol used for accessing and transmitting data on the World Wide Web. HTTP is unencrypted, which means that data transmitted using HTTP can be intercepted and read by third parties.
HTTPS, on the other hand, is a secure version of HTTP that uses SSL/TLS encryption to protect data transmitted over the internet. HTTPS is used to ensure secure communication between web servers and web browsers, particularly for sensitive data such as credit card numbers, passwords, and other personal information. HTTPS is indicated by a lock icon in the browser’s address bar and the URL starts with “https://” instead of “http://”.
Here are some examples of websites that use HTTP and HTTPS:
As you can see, most modern websites use HTTPS to ensure the security and privacy of their users’ data.