What is https and why should you care? That’s the topic for today’s post!
HTTPS is a protocol for secure communication, widely used on the Internet. When you enter data into website (i.e name, address, credit card number), the owner of the website has to “send” this information somewhere for processing. HTTP on the other hand is a unsecure protocol for communication.
Let’s use an analogy to illustrate: if an armed guard needs to transfer money from his truck to a bank, he could simply put the money in a paper bag that anyone can open (think HTTP), or he can put the cash in a safe that only the bank has the combination to unlock (think HTTPS).
HTTPS is the protection of exchanged data while in transit. wikipedia
HTTPS is not 100% foolproof because keys/combinations can always be hacked; but, when you see this designation on a website you can be a little more sure protection in is place.
Feel smarter? If you know to look for HTTPS before entering personal data into a website, I’d say you are!