Hypertext Transfer Protocol, Secure

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A protocol which provides a secure connection for transferring documents over the web.

HTTPS incorporates a normal HTTP interaction but with an additional encryption/authentication layer over an encrypted Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport Layer Security (TLS).

HTTPS is widely used on the World Wide Web for security-sensitive communications such as payment transactions and corporate logons.

Often abbreviated in lower case as https.

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