Technical Terms and Definitions

HTTPS - Protocol

HTTPS (Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is a Web protocol developed by Netscape and built into its browser that encrypts and decrypts not only user page requests, but also the pages that are returned by the Web server. HTTPS is really just the use of SSL encryption on the Presentation layer, under its regular HTTP application layering. (HTTPS uses port 443 instead of port 80 in its interactions with TCP on the Transport layer.)