https protocol???

royarcher

Very Senior Member
I use an rt ac 88 u running merlin firmware. I updated the android app and noticed under insight there is an option to change to https protocol stating it provides a more secure connection,sooo my questions ,as a nubbie ,does it actually provide a more secure connection and if so how. If I swap will it make any difference to my streaming,say US content, via express streaming DNS servers Lastly what is it and what's the differences between the two .

Obviously I am not a tech gurus' bootlace so if someone could explain it as such I would really appreciate it thanks in advance guys
 

hadesflames

New Around Here
https is a more secure way of communicating over the internet. Basically when you talk to a website, anyone could see what you're saying to it and what it's replying back to you. For example, if you buy something online when you submit your credit card information, anyone in between you and the server could potentially see your credit card details and just take it. With https, you're basically first establishing encryption between yourself and the server to make sure that anything you say to each other gets encrypted first before it gets sent over the internet. That way, anyone in the middle won't see what you and the server are trying to say to each other. Now a days, https is very common place. If you go to youtube for example, you're using https whether you know it or not. If you want to know whether or not you're on https when you access a website just look at the URL bar. Most browsers will have something like this:


If you see that little padlock, you're on https. If you're not on https, most modern browsers will show you a very clear warning that your connection is *NOT* secure.

As for enabling https on your router interface, it's probably not necessary. You communicate with your browser over a local network. No one should be able to see those communications unless you have explicitly given them access to your network. This is also of course assuming any wifi is properly secured with WPA2 or better security.
 

royarcher

Very Senior Member
https is a more secure way of communicating over the internet. Basically when you talk to a website, anyone could see what you're saying to it and what it's replying back to you. For example, if you buy something online when you submit your credit card information, anyone in between you and the server could potentially see your credit card details and just take it. With https, you're basically first establishing encryption between yourself and the server to make sure that anything you say to each other gets encrypted first before it gets sent over the internet. That way, anyone in the middle won't see what you and the server are trying to say to each other. Now a days, https is very common place. If you go to youtube for example, you're using https whether you know it or not. If you want to know whether or not you're on https when you access a website just look at the URL bar. Most browsers will have something like this:


If you see that little padlock, you're on https. If you're not on https, most modern browsers will show you a very clear warning that your connection is *NOT* secure.

As for enabling https on your router interface, it's probably not necessary. You communicate with your browser over a local network. No one should be able to see those communications unless you have explicitly given them access to your network. This is also of course assuming any wifi is properly secured with WPA2 or better security.
Ok cool I get that, when I go online on my laptop I get the little padlock sign but when I log into my router via the same laptop I get the,not secure,, message where the padlock should go. So why is that. ? Basically that is what started me wondering what's going on there? I will enable https via the Asus app and see if it changes
 

hadesflames

New Around Here
Ok cool I get that, when I go online on my laptop I get the little padlock sign but when I log into my router via the same laptop I get the,not secure,, message where the padlock should go. So why is that. ? Basically that is what started me wondering what's going on there? I will enable https via the Asus app and see if it changes
Like I said, the web interface your router uses communicates through regular http (non-secured) this is pretty typical among routers and the reason this is okay is because this interface is only accessible in your local network. Only people *in* your network would be able to steal your information that you communicate to your router in the first place, and those people presumably wouldn't need to steal it. There's no harm in enabling https though, so feel free.
 

royarcher

Very Senior Member
Ok cool I get that, when I go online on my laptop I get the little padlock sign but when I log into my router via the same laptop I get the,not secure,, message where the padlock should go. So why is that. ? Basically that is what started me wondering what's going on there? I will enable https via the Asus app and see if it changes ,ok I enable it and I still get the warning but only on the routers homepage . This photo is a screenshot from my phone,I tried taking photos of my laptop's screen but the files are to big to upload on this site but basically it's the same as the screenshot but with the words,not secure,
Screenshot_20210510-183032.png
 

royarcher

Very Senior Member
Like I said, the web interface your router uses communicates through regular http (non-secured) this is pretty typical among routers and the reason this is okay is because this interface is only accessible in your local network. Only people *in* your network would be able to steal your information that you communicate to your router in the first place, and those people presumably wouldn't need to steal it. There's no harm in enabling https though, so feel free.
oh okay I get it now . That penny just started to drop as I got your reply but it's great to have you tell me it's ok , Thanks for your time and help much appreciated
 

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