Archive for January, 2014
The main difference between http:// and https:// is It’s all about keeping you secure.
HTTP stands for Hypertext Transport Protocol, which is just a fancy way of saying it’s a protocol (a language, in a manner of speaking) for information to be passed back and forth between web servers and clients.
The important thing is the letter S which makes the difference between HTTP and HTTPS.
The S (big surprise) stands for “Secure”.
If you visit a website or web page, and look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with the following: http://.
This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular ‘unsecured language. In other words, it is possible for someone to “eavesdrop” on your computer’s conversation with the website. If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see the information you send to that site.
This is why you never ever enter your credit card number in an http website!
But if the web address begins with https:// that basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop on.
I’m sure you can understand why this is so important.
If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https://.
If it doesn’t, there’s no way you’re going to enter sensitive information like a credit card number.
…PASS IT ON…
(You may save someone a lot of grief).
Thanks to SmS
A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest. A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps themself.
A simple friend has never seen you cry. A real friend has shoulders soggy from your tears.
A simple friend doesn’t know your parents’ or childrens’ first names. A real friend has their phone numbers in his address book.
A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party, A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help clean up.
A simple friend hates it when you call after theybhave gone to bed. A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.
A simple friend seeks to talk to you about your problems. A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.
A simple friend wonders about your romantic history. A real friend could blackmail you with it.
A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument. A real friend calls you after you had a fight.
A simple friend expects you to always be there for them. A real friend always expects to be there for you.
A simple friend reads this e-mail and deletes it. A real friend passes it on to other friends…
Thanks to…and CLP
The Harper government is attacking our privacy by sneaking new online spy rules into a giant omnibus bill. They could act very soon — but a massive outcry can stop them from eyeing our inboxes.
They say it’s about protecting kids from cyber bullying, but only four of its 70 pages deal with the issue. The rest could systematically dismantle key civil liberties making it easier for authorities to spy on everything we do online, and easier for them to covertly track our movements using our own phones.
The last time Harper tried to sneak a bill like this past us, citizens fought back and won by creating an uproar in the press — let’s do it again! Click now to stop them from eyeing our inboxes. When 50,000 sign we’ll launch a massive media storm in key Ministers’ ridings to make sure they feel the heat from their own constituents:
It’s such a tragedy. Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd endured years of torment at the hands of bullies and were ultimately driven to take their own lives. It hurts to think about how bleak the world must have looked for these girls, and it’s painful knowing that it could happen again. It’s clear that we need to stop online bullying, but it doesn’t need to be at the expense of our civil liberties: this bill should be withdrawn and the cyber bullying rules reintroduced independently.
It’s awful to think that the Harper government is using these tragedies to try to sneak a law past all of us. They’re pulling at our heart-strings and hoping we won’t notice while they slash and burn our right to online privacy, but if we can see this bill for what it really is and stand strong against it, we can help make sure its worst provisions don’t pass — just like we all did last time they tried this.
Click now to take action, and show Harper that he needs to let MPs vote on an anti-bullying bill that will save kids without also selling our privacy down the river.
The government has already tried and failed to strip our civil liberties in a bill allegedly designed to keep our kids safe from child pornographers. But when we showed them we were prepared to fight to defend our rights they killed the bill and now we can take them on again to protect our online privacy.