Are You Secured During Personal Data Sharing In Net?
Must Know “Http” and “Https”
We thought we would continue our discussion regarding different type of cybercrime but in the middle of the discussion we have decided to bring before you the difference between secured and unsecured website i.e. ‘https’ and ‘http’ as some of our readers had asked us about secured site and unsecured site. And when we are going to discuss it, we have decided that we will bring it to our readers in a very understandable language to all in part by part for making it easy accessible to our reader friends. So let’s start with those definitions, which will help all of us to understand our discussion as “https” stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol under Secure Socket Layer.
Protocol: - A uniform set of rules that enable two devices to connect and transmit data to one another. Protocols determine how data are transmitted between computing devices and over networks. They define issues such as error control and data compression methods.
TCP/IP Protocol: - Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol is the suite of communications protocols used to connect hosts on the internet.
Hypertext: - This is a special type of Database System in which objects such as documents, pictures, videos, music, programs and others can be creatively linked each other. When you select an object, you can see all the other objects that are linked to it. You can move from one object to another even though they might have very different forms. The icons that you select to view associated objects are called Hypertext links or buttons.
FTP: - File Transfer Protocol is a protocol to upload a file from a workstation to FTP server and download a file from a FTP server to a workstation. It is the way that files get transferred from one device to another in order for the files to be available on the Internet. When ftp appears in a URL it means that the user is connecting to a file server and not a Web server and that some form of file transfer is going to take place.
HTTP: - Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, is a protocol used to transfer files from a Web server onto a browser in order to view a Web page that is on the Internet. Unlike FTP, where entire files are transferred from one device to another and copied into memory, HTTP only transfers the contents of a web page into a browser for viewing. When http appears in a URL it means that the user is connecting to a Web server and not a file server. HTTP sends the data collected over the Internet in plain text.
HTTPS: - Hypertext Transfer Protocol with Secure Sockets Layer. This is the protocol which transfers data in an encrypted method over the web. It is a TCP/IP protocol used by Web servers to transfer and display Web content securely. The data transferred is encrypted so that it cannot be read by anyone except the recipient. So there no risk of interception by anyone with a packet sniffer. HTTPS encrypts the data sent and received with SSL, while HTTP sends it all as plain text.
We think we have been able to make you understand your quarry about secured site and unsecured site. So friends be alert on sharing your personal data with any web site and we suggest until and unless you find “https” in the browser don’t share your secret financial information with them as there is every possibility from the hackers point to get your by using packet sniffer as the data are transferred as a plain text. For bringing this information before you we are grateful to some websites like webopedia and others.