This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Yesterday, I got a couple of emails from readers that my site was not loading and people were getting an error message the site was not secure and another site name was popping up. I immediately opened a priority ticket with my hosting provider to investigate the problem. They looked into and they responded that the error would pop up if the reader tries to access the site using https://apartmentprepper.com instead of http://apartmentprepper.com
At this time, my site is accessible only http://apartmentprepper.com. The reason the other site popped up was because the other site shares hosting space with me, and they are the only one that is accessible with “https.”
This brings me to my next topic, what exactly is the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?
HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. Most simple webpages use HTTP, especially if no financial transactions are done in the site. In my case, I do not conduct any financial transactions on Apartment Prepper. As you know my site is free and I am not trying to sell you anything directly. I do have affiliates and sponsors, but those are not direct transactions. Rest assured if I were to conduct any e-commerce in the future, I would make the switch.
HTTPS stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure. It is the secure version. Sites that conduct financial transactions, or anything that involves personal information, such as banks, insurance companies, etc. use HTTPS.
So if you are about to give out confidential information, definitely check if the site is HTTPS. Another indication the site is secure is when it has the padlock icon as you are entering your information. But if you are just browsing through Apartment Prepper or your other favorite reading sites, then HTTP is just fine for that.
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