HTTP vs HTTPS

Definition: Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and the website that you are connected to.

The ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure’. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. Website forms and other places you enter information into, should always use the secureĀ protocol. If you ever see a scar message like, “There’s a problem with the websites security certificate” or “This connection is untrusted” do not enter secure information or even load the page.

What you should know:

  • The majority of our website content does not need to be visited over the secure protocol.
    • If you are logged into Drupal or WordPress, and you copy the URL, there is a good chance it will contain the “s”. Remove the “s” before sharing the URLĀ in emails or social media.
    • Remove the “s” for the source code of images or other embedded content that you enter on a page, unless it is on a secure page, like a link to a login form.
  • Never enter secure information into a website that is not using the secure protocol or loads a scary message.

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