HTTP vs. HTTPS. What's the difference? Security.

Last Update: April 28, 2018

DID YOU KNOW?

I was wondering why so many websites, such as mine, are using HTTPS (with an "S" added now) before the domain name in the web address. So, to find out, I did a little quick research.

HTTP

The acronym, or abbreviation, for HTTP is HYPERTEXT TRANSFER PROTOCOL. This is the basic conveyance of data for web pages. When you see HTTP in a web title, you know that all the text, photos and links are properly working in your browser. It has to do with how messages are formatted and communicated.

HTTPS

The acronym, or abbreviation, of HTTPS is HYPERTEXT TRANSFER PROTOCOL SECURE. When you see HTTPS in a web title, you know that there is a unique encryption added to protect personal information and passwords.

HINT: When logging in to an internet shopping website or to your online bank account (where credit card information or money is involved), you should make sure there is the HTTPS in the URL for security.

Web addresses are changing to HTTPS more and more for the purpose of security's sake.

WWW and HTTP in an address will soon be obsolete and HTTPS hypertexts will be taking their place.

So glad to hear a special encryption is being added to aid in our security on the internet!

HOW WEALTHY AFFILIATE RELATES.

A couple comments below added some very wise information relating WA to the equation:

"An interesting aside was that WA was a leading company in offering this for free. Most hosting companies were originally charging a fee for a certificate. Thanks WA."

Thanks, hanley!

"WA is right on top of this for us. We can enable this in Site manager in the details for our sites."

Thanks, Droseh! (Debbie)

"Another reason to love WA: that feature is provided here, all you have to do is turn it on. Just go to your Site Manager in Site Rubix, click on the details tab for your website domain and turn it on." (See Chart Below)

Thanks, HowardJaros!



Erin :)!

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bini14 Premium
Thanks for sharing this Erin, it's really very helpful.
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure, Bini! Glad you stopped by!
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VSoles1 Premium
Great message as usual..
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks, V! Glad you gained some insight!
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RegularJoe Premium
Thanks for that Erin.
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure, Joe! :)!
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Hollshope Premium
Thanks for the distinction!
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herinnelson Premium
You're so welcome, Holly!
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QAVAVO Premium
Thanks for the information that now make me know the difference between HTTP and HTTPS and also that our websites in Wealthy Affiliate are securely protected.
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herinnelson Premium
You're so welcome, Taniela! So glad I could bring it to your attention here! :)!
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Melissa901 Premium
Hey Erin.
I just had a ton of fun with this one. Apperantly some of the affiliate companies I am with did not have the account set up HTTPS. Which as a result my site is secure but certain posts weren't. So I went through post by post yesterday and the ones that were secure I read through all the texts and found where it was listed as HTTP and had to add an S. That was a long process. But it is all fixed now.
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herinnelson Premium
WOW, Melissa! I am impressed! Great work, my dear! You just went above and beyond the call of duty! :)!
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Melissa901 Premium
Thank you trying to make sure things are right
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herinnelson Premium
You are so very welcome, Melissa!
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wozzy Premium
Hey Erin, I was often wondering and thought it was something to do with security.

Mick
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herinnelson Premium
Happy to provide this, then! Glad it helped, Mick!
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buffetearns Premium
Thanks Erin

Wayne
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure! :)!
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PeterJBarban Premium
OK, after reading the amended post, I have switched over to https. I am one of the cool kids now! Much easier than I expected. Thanks, WA and Erin.

By the way, this would be an excellent training video subject.
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herinnelson Premium
That's great, Peter! You can write the training if you want!
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks for clarifying this for newcomers, Erin.
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herinnelson Premium
I'm happy to, Lauren! Glad to have you here!
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Larmu189 Premium
Thanks for info.
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herinnelson Premium
You're welcome! XOXO
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FlorencioQ Premium
So WA already has this feature, that makes things so much easier. Thanks Erin, I appreciate you giving me a heads up.
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herinnelson Premium
Yes, they are always on top of their game!! My pleasure!
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CHolmes1978 Premium
Great information Erin
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks! So glad it was helpful to you!
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herinnelson Premium
I added more information to the end! Check it out!
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BillandSue Premium
Hi Erin,
Thanks for this very important information and bring forth that difference. I never really noticed that before, but I will now!

Bill
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herinnelson Premium
Thank you, Bill! Happy to share!
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herinnelson Premium
I added more information to the end! Check it out!
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BillandSue Premium
Thanks Erin. WA has got some wonderful features.

Bill
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herinnelson Premium
They surely do! :)))!
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JillAlexaVA Premium
Thanks for this information Erin. I did wonder what it was but am glad you have told me.
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herinnelson Premium
You're quite welcome, Jill! xoxo
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herinnelson Premium
I added more information to the end! Check it out!
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hanley Premium
An interesting aside was that WA was a leading company in offering this for free. Most hosting companies were originally charging a fee for a certificate.
Thanks WA
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herinnelson Premium
That's a great point, Hanley! Thanks for elaborating on that piece of information!
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herinnelson Premium
I posted your comment in my post above! Thanks for adding your input!
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CarolMeador Premium
Thanks for this important info, Erin. Carol
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herinnelson Premium
You're welcome, Carol! Happy to provide it! :)!
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herinnelson Premium
I added more information to the end! Check it out!
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CarolMeador Premium
Thanks. Will do. Didn't know we could edit our already published posts til last week! I discovered a misteak and also discovered how to edit it so I could fix it, all without having to ask for any help!

Ain'tchya proud of me, teach?! (And I don't use that word (ain't, not teach!) very often, because I cringe when I hear someone saying it all the time.

Sorry, guess my prejudice for correct grammar from native English speakers is showing!

Who else, but the official WA jester?!
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herinnelson Premium
I'll just have to call you CJ from now on!
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CarolMeador Premium
That's OK. MozMary calls me HRH because my mother's maiden name was Buckingham!
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herinnelson Premium
:)!
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HowardJaros Premium
Another reason to love WA: that feature is provided here, all you have to do is turn it on.

Just go to your Site Manager in Site Rubix, click on the details tab for your website domain and turn it on.
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herinnelson Premium
That is beautifully true, Howard! Thanks for extending that wonderful point!
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herinnelson Premium
I added your comment and photo in my post above! Thank you for your input!
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HowardJaros Premium
Thanks for sharing that important distinction and feature within WA!
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herinnelson Premium
So happy to! Thanks for providing it!
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ChrisLJones Premium
Great to the point article!
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks so much, Chris! :)!
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herinnelson Premium
I added more information to the end! Check it out!
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Acharya71 Premium
I never thought of it. Thank you for the share.
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herinnelson Premium
Happy to help! Thanks!
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herinnelson Premium
I added more information to the end! Check it out!
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
That's very interesting. Thanks for sharing Erin

Tried and True

Elaine
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks, Elaine! I've added some more information to the end of my post!
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Chrismo770 Premium
Thanks so much. I also was wondering what the difference is between the two. Thanks again
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herinnelson Premium
Glad you found it interesting! I added more info. to the end!
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DebbieRose Premium
WA is right on top of this for us. We can enable this in Site manager in the details for our sites.
Debbie
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herinnelson Premium
Yes! Great point---I added your comment to the end of my post with some others! Thanks for your input!
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heljam404A Premium
Hey, Erin, your post was right on point, did not have a clue what it meant, thank you so much.
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herinnelson Premium
You're so welcome! I added more information to the end! Check it out!
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RRoberto Premium
Thank you for that information it's definitely something to look for from now on.
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MBentz3 Premium
Good to know thank you
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herinnelson Premium
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SydneyMac Premium
I’ve often wondered about that. Thank you!
Sydney
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herinnelson Premium
Glad to make it known to you! I added more information to the end! Check it out!
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MelanieRudd Premium
Will this automatically update for us, or what steps do we need to take to ensure it’s HTTPS rather than just HTTP?
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davidbanciu Premium
You can enable it here at WA by going to the SiteManager, choose a website and go to the Details of that website.

Then set the SiteSSL(HTTPS) On.
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herinnelson Premium
Awesome reply to Melanie, David! Thanks! Perfect! Glad to connect with you!
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herinnelson Premium
I was just going to type something similar to David's reply. He says it great!
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Priya10 Premium
Thanks for the update Erin.
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure! I added more information to the end! Check it out!
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kimgwinter Premium
Security is essential, thanks for clarifying for us Erin.
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herinnelson Premium
Happy to! I added more information to the end! Check it out!
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kimgwinter Premium
I will do, thank you.
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herinnelson Premium
Great! :)!
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accad Premium
I agree with all the explanation.
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herinnelson Premium
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fondevilla Premium
Thanks so much for updating us.
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herinnelson Premium
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mjaco Premium
Thank you for the update. I could guess but now it was well explained to us.
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codevonish Premium
Thanks I hope I come accord it again. Will check who wrote it
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herinnelson Premium
I added more information to the end if you're interested--from comments made here. Check it out!
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PeterJBarban Premium
Who controls https? I worry that someone will take issue with my content and block my site. Social media sites are already doing this for political purposes.
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herinnelson Premium
It is secure, as it add security on data through a secure socket layer (SSL) and a transport layer security (TLS) through protocol.
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PeterJBarban Premium
It sounds great and I will probably switch over one day. Yet, am a bit insecure about who controls these certificates. If you get decertified, it's game over. But I guess regular HTTP certificates are just as vulnerable to manipulation.

I am writing in the survival niche. Survivalists are by nature, paranoid. But, if I get too paranoid, I'll never get anything done. So some amount of trust is necessary.
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JHaugland Premium
There have already been issues with certificates, and the Symantec scandal was the most prominent one. Certificates were issued without properly identifying and verifying the website owner.

The https does not really "do" anything on the site other than encrypting user input entered at the website before it's sent to the receiving server.
There is no functionality for surveillance of what the site publishes or who visits.
If a certificate is banned or withdrawn, it will affect all sites who use that certificate.

The certificates offer several layers of security, where the free ones that are offered here represent the "lowest" security, where only the green padlock is displayed.
If you go to PayPal you will see that they also have website identification together with the green padlock and that mean a more complex (and expensive) certificate is used.

The most important thing to know is that even if a website is "green" it is not a quality mark of the overall safety on the site. It still can contain malware and viruses that can infect your computer, downloads are not safer than on a non-https site.

The need for https/SSL was pushed forward by Google when they announced that sites without SSL would rank lower than sites with SSL.

If you are worried about surveillance of your content, the best way is to completely stay away from Chrome, Google, Bing, Apple, Facebook, and every other big player that you interact with, install Tor and go off the grid totally.
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PeterJBarban Premium
Thanks, that was informative. I don't think I'm ready for the dark net.
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herinnelson Premium
I added more information to the end--some comments made here! Check it out!
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herinnelson Premium
WA controls our hosting with no fee for a certificate.
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herinnelson Premium
Brilliant information, J! Great to know! Didn't know there were levels of certificates! Never thought about it.
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codevonish Premium
Thanks for sharing. I must check latest website.by the way did you do a training on Google ad sense. I recall something about cars but not sure?
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herinnelson Premium
You're welcome! No, it wasn't me.
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KimberlyD2 Premium
Very informative, thank you!
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks, dear Kimberly!
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KimberlyD2 Premium
Thanks, for the additional information.
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herinnelson Premium
You're welcome, Kimberly!
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davehayes Premium
Erin, good information thanks for sharing, those that didn't know this will find this useful
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herinnelson Premium
I taught myself, too!
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JSharif Premium
Thanks for sharing this information, Erin.
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure, J! It was interesting researching it!
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I added more information to the end! Check it out!
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FlorencioQ Premium
Interesting, didn't know that. Then again I don't know much about things like that. ( Do you ever sleep Erin? lol)
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herinnelson Premium
Ha ha. Yes, some. I really need my beauty sleep! Glad to inform you of this internet jargon!
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FlorencioQ Premium
Not being fresh, you need sleep but beauty you already have.
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herinnelson Premium
Awww!
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