https and htaccess authentication

I've read that using the basic http authentication is insecure (it sends passwords cleartext, right?).  However, if someone is browsing my site via an SSL connection, would that password still be sent cleartext, or would it be encrypted as part of the SSL connection?

Also, if I redirect the user from a non-ssl part of the site to an SSL part of the site and at the same time authenticate the user via htaccess authentication, would it establish the SSL connection before transmitting the password, or would that happen after it establishes htaccess login?

Using standard linux + apache.

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TintinConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Any traffic going over a HTTP connection is in clear text.  Anything going over a HTTPS connection is encrypted (including passwords).

WIth the redirection, it depends where the htaccess authentication occurs.  If it occurs on the HTTPS redirect, then the password will be encrypted, otherwise it will be plain text.
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