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Is a website still secure without HTTPS?

Hello,

I have built a website and when I log in to the site, the site's URL turns to HTTPS. I have a valid certificate from Network Solutions, and the little logo from Network Solutions says the site is secure.  The home page has a HTTPS. However, I can go to a page's address in Internet Explorer and take out the "S" in the URL. The page still comes up, but is the HTTP request being transferred in an encrypted way when I take out the "S"?

Thanks.
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Dave HoweSoftware and Hardware EngineerCommented:
No, it isn't.

Most sites have a listener on 443 (for https) and on 80 (for http) - your browser is smart enough to pick the correct port when you change the url.

you can verify this easily enough by running wireshark or microsoft network monitor (both free!) at same time as testing, and seeing what they can "see" of the traffic.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
You can also force https if wanted. In the website ssl settings, check require ssl
or do a url rewrite
<rule name="Force HTTPS" enabled="true">
        <match url="(.*)" ignoreCase="false" />
        <conditions>
            <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="off" />
        </conditions>
        <action type="Redirect" url="https://{HTTP_HOST}/{R:1}" appendQueryString="true" redirectType="Permanent" />
    </rule>
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PBITAuthor Commented:
Ve3ofa,  would this code be placed in the aspx page? I am using c# ASP. NET.  Where would this code be?

I would want to force the pages to keep thier https as much as possible.

Thanks.
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Dave HoweSoftware and Hardware EngineerCommented:
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