For starters, HTTP ( HyperTextTransferProtocol ), in Portuguese, stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol. It is a means of systems communication that allows the transfer of data between servers and computers on the Internet. HTTP is responsible for transmitting information from HTML pages, so it is present in the URL of websites.
HTTPS ( Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure ), in Portuguese ( Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol), is almost the same thing. Although “almost”, the difference between them is very important: security. The letter S next to HTTP, forming HTTPS, indicates that the site in question is protected by the SSL Digital Certificate. This means that during the exchange of information between the website server and the user's computer, the data is protected against interception by third parties.
Even websites that do not deal with sensitive communications, the orientation is that they are always protected with HTTPS technology. As well as providing security and integrity in the data and personal information of its users, HTTPS is a requirement of many features of new browsers, such as CHROME.
HTTPS helps prevent intruders from tampering with communications between users' websites and browsers. In order to prevent the installation of malware or insert your own advertising.
Be aware, unprotected sites can be exploited with various resources such as Images, cookies, scripts, HTML… even attacks can occur at any point where there was internet access and Wi-FI is not discarded.
A very common misconception is that the only sites that need HTTPS are the ones that process sensitive communications. It is important for you to know that every unsecured HTTP request has the potential to reveal information about the behavior and identity of users/customers and thereby examine combined browsing activities, and thus deduce behaviors, intentions and break the anonymity of their identities.
For example, an employee may accidentally reveal that they are looking for another job to their employers simply by reading unprotected job articles.
And SSL, what does it mean? The SSL Certificate ( Secure Socket Layer ) is a security protocol that uses encryption technology to protect data. Want to know how to keep your data safe on the internet? Access our related texts.