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Discussion on: Explain http vs https Like I'm Five

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Alan Barr

We believe in a magic policeman that holds a list of people we trust called certificate authorities. They have the right to generate secret papers that tell us that a website is secure. When I go to a website that does not have this secret paper it is very unsafe and people in the coffee shop can potentially read everything I read. If the website has the magic paper then I know that no one else in the coffee shop can read what I am reading.