You Don't Need to type HTTP:// or HTTPS:// in a URL
If you look in the address bar of your browser right now, you will see that the URL of this page on this website is https://alta.randomload.com/stories/https. You will find that, at the beginning of most URLs, or Uniform Resource Locators, that the phrase https:// or http:// appears. HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol, and HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. These basically tell the browser and your computer how to send and receive information to and from the servers where websites are run. Every computer on the Internet uses this protocol to transmit data, which keeps things universal. In a URL, the https:// or http:// just tells your computer which one to use. There have been other transfer protocols in the past, but they are no longer used, so most browsers add in https:// automatically. If the other computer doesn't use https://, which needs a special file (or "certificate") to work, then it defaults to http://. The user of the computer does not need to type the transfer protocol any more. But people have become lazy enough to not delete the https:// or http://, which makes posters, physical documents, web pages, and other things look quite unprofessional. So next time you see the http:// or https://, just remember that you don't need to type it. It will save your time and make your typed/written materials look much better.