Safe while connected to the Internet

Learn HTTP vrs HTTPS

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is the way servers and browsers talk to each other. It’s a great language for computers, but it’s not encrypted. If browsers use HTTP to pass information, attacker can hack in and he could read everything going on in the browser.

Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is another language, except this one is encrypted using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). If browsers use HTTPS to pass information, attackers can’t read the information.

When sending confidential information over the Internet, such as usernames, passwords, or credit card numbers, only send it securely. To verify this, look for a small lock which called Internet browser security lock. There is a lock icon in to the address bar. Make sure the URL begins with https instead of http

While the lock is in the locked position, data is encrypted, which helps prevent anyone from understanding the data if it’s intercepted. When no lock is visible or in the unlocked position, all information is plain text and could be read if intercepted. If a web page is not secure, such as an online forum, use a password you wouldn’t use with protected sites.