English Computing Dictionary
◊ HYPERTEXT TRANSMISSION PROTOCOL, SECURE
HyperText Transmission Protocol, Secure
(HTTPS) A variant of {HTTP} used by {Netscape} for
handling secure transactions.
The {Netscape Navigator} supports a {URL} {access method},
"https", for connecting to {HTTP} {server}s using {SSL}.
"https" is a unique protocol that is simply {SSL} underneath
{HTTP}. You need to use "https://" for HTTP {URL}s with
{SSL}, whereas you continue to use "http://" for HTTP URLs
without SSL. The default "https" {port} number is 443, as
assigned by the {Internet Assigned Numbers Authority}.
{(http://www.netscape.com/info/security-doc.html)}
(1995-01-16)