HTTPS is HTTP combined with an SSL encryption layer. This provides encryption of data passing from the client PC to the Web Site.
When using online banking or entering payment card details into a form on a web page one should always check that the protocol being used is HTTPS and NOT just HTTP. The Browser will also show a locked padlock either in the status field or
The Browser should also show a locked padlock either in the status field or in front of the site address as in the example below.
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