Drop the 's' from HTTPS

Many websites have the requirement that transactions be SSL encrypted. When this is the case, you see HTTPS instead of HTTP in the address bar, and down at the bottom of your browser, you likely see a little padlock icon that you can click to pull up information on the security certificate being used. However, for whatever reason, sometimes websites choose to implement both secure and non-secure versions of their site. Other times, the web server can be misconfigured allowing HTTP transport when it should all be HTTPS.

A quick test you can do to see if both are available is to just try dropping the 's' from HTTPS in your address bar. For an example, check out https://www.getafreelancer.com/ - the site works under both HTTP and HTTPS. (I assume that's by design, but I'm using it as an example because there aren't many sites that support HTTPS and also support HTTP at the same time.) If you can access both HTTP and HTTPS, you might want to double check your security requirements for the site and/or your web server configurations. Also, some sites have portions of the site that are HTTP while others are HTTPS. In those cases you might want to come up with some listings of what should be only HTTPS and just check those areas of the site.