ecure) The protocol used to access a secure Web server. When https://
is used as the prefix of a Web address rather than http://
, the session is managed by a security protocol such as TLS, and the transmission is encrypted to and from the Web server. Increasingly, all websites use HTTPS; for example, in 2015, Wikipedia switched to HTTPS. For details about the HTTP protocol, see HTTP
. To learn about the security protocol, see TLS
and security protocol
. See HSTS
and HTTPS Everywhere
Look for the Closed Lock Symbol
A closed padlock appears next to the URL whenever a website is accessed via the secure HTTPS.
A Lot of Secure Traffic
Today, way more HTTPS packets traverse the Internet than regular HTTP; witness this metric from a router in a home.