We are starting to see a big trend in the world of network computing. And more specifically, we are talking about the world of the internet and the links that accompany it.
For years, we have had more stringent solutions to the security problems that plague us but they have been difficult to implement. The real problem has been that people are trying to come up with easier ways to protect ourselves online while not stopping the ease of use of the internet. One solution that has been around for a long time now is the use of HTTPS.
What is HTTPS?
The letters HTTPS stand for hyper text transfer protocol secured. When you browse the web you usually see the letters http:// before any web address that you go to. While this is not needed these days since most of the web sites that we visit on the web use this protocol, in the past it was. If you are a web programmer there is a good chance that you use another protocol on the web that is called FTP. Those letters stand for File Transfer Protocol. It is what you use to transfer files back and forth between your computer and the server that you host your web page on. And there are other protocols as well. That is why there was a need to label what type of protocol you were using in the browser. Now browsers have a way to figure out the protocol automatically.
Now you might be asking yourself, why does the HTTP need the S at the end? Because with the S added on the end, it means that you are using an enhanced version of the protocol. It is one that is more secure. Regular HTTP sends files in plain text. With HTTPS you are sending files encrypted over the internet. Now if someone is able to intercept the messages that you send online they will not be able to read it. It will appear scrambled to them. More people want to make HTTPS pages enabled everywhere. Right now when you visit web sites that have HTTPS enabled on them they are usually dealing with password log ins only. But there is more sensitive data being ingested on the web these days than just your password and username.
So as you can see, the HTTPS protocol is very important when it comes to the security of the web. You are going to start seeing it more and more in the future.