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    Cool HTTP vs HTTPS

    The difference between http and https-- GREAT information!

    Once in a while, there is something that comes down
    the pike that is of real importance.
    What is the difference between http and https?
    I don't know how many of you are aware of this
    difference, but it is worth sharing with any who do not.

    The main difference between http:// and https:// is it's all about keeping you secure. HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol.

    The S (big surprise) stands for "Secure." If you visit a website or web page, and look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with the following: http://.
    This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular "unsecured" language. In other words, it is possible for someone to "eavesdrop" on your computer's conversation with the website. If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see the information you send to that site.

    This is why you never ever enter your credit card number in an http:// website! But if the web address begins with https://, that basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on.

    If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https://.

    If it doesn't, you should NEVER enter sensitive information.......such as a credit card number, SS #, etc.
    PASS IT ON (You may save someone a lot of grief)

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    Default Re: HTTP vs HTTPS

    According to my own opinion, if you're a web site worker and want to build backlinks for your website, you should use http but not https.

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    Default Re: HTTP vs HTTPS

    I hate backlinks. Do not link your own website because it violates the Forum rules.

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    Default Re: HTTP vs HTTPS

    It looks like another new member, padding his post count, with pointless drivel.

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    Yes, another of these "junior members", jacking up the post count.

    It's been known for YEARS, that "HTTPS" is preferred over "HTTP" for secure transactions & banking sites. I won't make a transaction if the login/checkout site is a "HTTP" one. Many times, a padlock symbol is also in front of the link.

    I'm a security freak, & ALWAYS check for this.

    I don't really know what these backlinks are for, & don't really care to. Probably something that spammers takes advantage of.

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    TM, you shared a good information for us. However, I never enter my private information like credit card number on unknown websites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catilley1092 View Post
    Yes, another of these "junior members", jacking up the post count.

    It's been known for YEARS, that "HTTPS" is preferred over "HTTP" for secure transactions & banking sites. I won't make a transaction if the login/checkout site is a "HTTP" one. Many times, a padlock symbol is also in front of the link.

    I'm a security freak, & ALWAYS check for this.

    I don't really know what these backlinks are for, & don't really care to. Probably something that spammers takes advantage of.

    Cat
    It's usually NOT a choice. When you go to a banking site, the bank software will automatically switch you over to their SECURE SITE (https) without you having to do anything. If it doesn't, STOP right there and call your bank and tell them of the problem. Maybe they have been hacked!

    You should have your browser setup to show you the status bar at the bottom of the screen, right above the Taskbar.
    Then you can see a little yellow padlock, usually in the lower right corner.
    Then and only then do you know for sure that you're on a Secure site.
    Don't enter any ID's, passwords, or other personal info, unless you can see the Padlock symbol.

    Make all passwords totally 'non-descript' and change them often. And for Goodness sake, WRITE THEM DOWN!!!
    Then, don't use the same password for multiple accounts.

    I can't even count the number of times I've gone to a customer's house to work on their PC and I need a password to something and they don't remember what it is. Arggggggh!
    Don't be guilty of that. Eh?

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    NOTICE*

    If you see any blue ads at the bottom of any post....DO NOT CLICK ON THEM!!!

    I just clicked on one, (webcrawler[dot]com) for the fun of it, and the link was blocked by Spybot S&D as a spyware infected site.

    So to be safe, do not click on any ad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechnoMage View Post
    It's usually NOT a choice. When you go to a banking site, the bank software will automatically switch you over to their SECURE SITE (https) without you having to do anything. If it doesn't, STOP right there and call your bank and tell them of the problem. Maybe they have been hacked!

    You should have your browser setup to show you the status bar at the bottom of the screen, right above the Taskbar.
    Then you can see a little yellow padlock, usually in the lower right corner.
    Then and only then do you know for sure that you're on a Secure site.
    Don't enter any ID's, passwords, or other personal info, unless you can see the Padlock symbol.

    Make all passwords totally 'non-descript' and change them often. And for Goodness sake, WRITE THEM DOWN!!!
    Then, don't use the same password for multiple accounts.

    I can't even count the number of times I've gone to a customer's house to work on their PC and I need a password to something and they don't remember what it is. Arggggggh!
    Don't be guilty of that. Eh?

    Happy Holidays!
    TM
    That's the way that retail sites works also, the shopping is done on the main site, then upon checkout, the redirect takes place to the secure or "HTTPS" site. Normally with a padlock clearly visible.

    Yes, I look for these things. Is this what's known as a "backlink"? If so, I've simply not heard it termed that way before.

    My passwords for extremely secure practices, like shopping/banking, I don't write down anywhere, there's ways that the site has to either retrieve the password, or a temp one is emailed to me. These passwords are complex ones.

    My administrator password for all of my computers are the same, & is recorded in one secret place. No one (at least an amateur) would guess it out of thin air.

    Passwords for forums, except this one, being that I'm a Moderator, are mostly the same to remember them. There has been times I've pulled a one & out myself, to find something that I could find nowhere else.

    My email accounts are mostly the same, except my Windows 8 ones, where I have other services logged into (Hotmail/Outlook). Those are longer, more complex passwords, a mixture of all letters/numbers/symbols.

    This thread would be better listed under "System Security", as it's info of highly importance, not a typical "Chillout" topic.

    EDIT: Thread has been moved to "System Security" due to nature of topic.

    Cat
    Last edited by catilley1092; 11-22-2012 at 08:52 PM. Reason: moved thread due to nature of topic

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    Default Re: HTTP vs HTTPS

    Quote Originally Posted by Medico View Post
    I hate backlinks. Do not link your own website because it violates the Forum rules.
    Now, forum posting to add backlinks has become more and more difficult and Google give this way lower power. So, if you are a website builder, you should give up this way and seek some other ways to build your backlinks.

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