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What is Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS)?

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A communications protocol for secure communications over a computer network.
How Does Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) Work?

Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, abbreviated as HTTPS, provides authentication for websites and servers that guard against 'man-in-the-middle' attacks, allowing users to trust that a given website or asset accurately represents itself through its web address. This system adds Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to SSL/TLS, providing bidirectional encryption.

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