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HTTPS stands for "HyperText Transport Protocol Secure." HTTPS is the same thing as HTTP, but uses a secure socket layer (SSL) for security purposes. Some examples of sites that use HTTPS include banking and investment websites, e-commerce websites, and most websites that require you to log in.

In many cases it is possible to use HTTPS for ordinary websites to help prevent casual "snooping" of what one is browsing. For instance, James Wesley Rawles site can work with https://SurvivalBlog.com.

"Websites that use the standard HTTP protocol transmit and receive data in an unsecured manner. This means it is possible for someone to easily eavesdrop on the data being transferred between the user and the Web server" diminishing one's privacy. While this is unlikely, "it is not a comforting thought that someone might be capturing your credit card number or other personal information that you enter on a website. Therefore, secure websites use the HTTPS protocol to encrypt the data being sent back and forth with SSL encryption. If someone were to capture the data being transferred via HTTPS, it would be unrecognizable."

"You can tell if a website is secure by viewing the URL in the address field of your Web browser. If the Web address starts with https://, you know you are accessing a secure website. Most browsers will also display a lock icon somewhere along the edge of the window to indicate the website you are currently visiting is secure. You can click the lock icon to view the secure certificate that authenticates the website."

"So whenever you are asked to enter personal or financial information on a website, make sure that the URL starts with "https://" and that the lock icon appears in the window. Then you can be sure that the website is secure and any data you enter will only be recognized by your computer and the Web server."[1]


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The Edward Snowden 2013 mass surveillance disclosures made it more widely known that HTTPS by itself is not sufficient from a security standpoint. That is why one should also use HTTPS Everywhere, a VPN (Virtual Private Network), NoScript (to turn off JavaScript), Firefox rather than Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Opera, with Privacy mode or Ghostery, with Ad filtering (such as Adblock Plus, and TOR or some other anonymizor, using Open Software (rather than Microsoft Windows, or MacOS)

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  1. http://www.techterms.com/definition/https



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