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Those of you who have shopped online, use online banking, or have used Facebook may have see a padlock icon appear in your address bar, and may have noticed the address bar has turned green. This happens when your browser is using a secure or safe connection (HTTPS) to communicate with whatever site you are on. Whats the difference? It all has to do with your internet safety settings.

HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol and its used for a majority of websites. Its safe and secure for your day to day browsing like surfing the web, reading blogs, checking your on your favorite sports team or watching videos. The extra "S" in HTTPS stands for "secure" and websites that use HTTPS want to ensure that the information you enter on their site remains private.

Tips and Hints:

-HTTPS should always be used when entering credit card, or financial information.

-HHTPS should be used when you are saving a passwords or entering personal information like your name, address, telephone number...etc

-HTTPS webpages might take a little longer to load, but the safety is worth it

-Just because your on a site that uses HTTPS, doesn't mean their links or applications do (Be wary of your social media apps!)

-Share these tips and hints, protect your family and friends!

Steven Woda
Steve Woda is the co-founder and CEO of uKnow, and a leader in the Internet safety and security field for over 15 years. He frequently speaks on the topics of Internet and mobile security, ecommerce and information economics. You can follow Steve on Twitter or on his blog.