HTTPS and VPN do similar things in different ways, so it's understandable for some people to confuse the two. Both of them are tools to protect Internet users and their privacy, but fortunately, when it comes to HTTPS and VPN, you can easily use both. Learn about the features of HTTPS and VPN, what they have in common, and the differences between them.

What is HTTPS?

Hypertext transfer protocol secure (HTTPS) is a connection protocol used by web browser to communicate with website. "Security" is the most important part - HTTPS uses TLS encryption protocol to protect the data shared between users and websites. It also performs authentication to ensure that both parties are what they call people and to verify that the data sent has not been tampered with.

If a website uses HTTPS, your ISP or snooper can only see what websites you visit, not what you do there. So it's important to check that the site you use for online shopping uses HTTPS. Otherwise, your name, contact information and credit card information may be stolen. To find out if the site you are browsing uses HTTPS, check the URL bar of your browser. If HTTPS is enabled, most display a lock icon next to the URL.

VPN, on the other hand, creates an encrypted tunnel between the user's device and the server. In addition to your browser, all other traffic from your device is encrypted and hidden from your ISP and other third parties. The only thing they can see is that you're connected to a VPN server - nothing else.

HTTPS and VPN: which is better?

Each of the two tools can better handle different things, and they work well together to ensure your safety. If you want secure, private and unrestricted Internet access, you need both.

HTTPS needs to be enabled on both your browser and the website you visit, and it will work as long as you continue to use VPN.

HTTPS provides end-to-end encryption, while VPN provides encryption from device to VPN server.

VPN,such as TikVPN, protects all online communication from your device, while HTTPS only provides encryption between websites and browsers.

HTTPS is vulnerable to certain attacks (such as root certificate attacks), and VPN can sometimes help protect it from these attacks. HTTPS encryption is also generally weaker than that provided by VPN.

Neither of these methods can protect you from attacks or fraud on the websites you visit (unless VPN provides a cybersec like tool that blacklists malicious websites).

Best of all, you don't have to choose between the two - it's easy to combine them! You will be more secure by keeping your VPN on at all times and only browsing HTTPS sites when you are online.