HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure)
HTTPS is a URI scheme which has identical syntax to the standard HTTP
scheme, aside from its scheme token. However, HTTPS signals the browser
to use an added encryption layer of SSL/TLS to protect the traffic. SSL
is especially suited for HTTP since it can provide some protection even
if only one side of the communication is authenticated. This is the case
with HTTP transactions over the Internet, where typically only the
server is authenticated (by the client examining the server's
HTTPS creates a secure channel over an insecure network. This ensures
reasonable protection from eavesdroppers and man-in-the-middle attacks,
provided that adequate cipher suites are used and that the server
certificate is verified and trusted.
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