Just wondering,

is there a way to use SSL without HTTPS and run it on HTTP?

I don't want to know this to end up using this in production, but I'm just wondering to improve my knowledge of the possibilities with such protocols.

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So, no, you cannot run SSL over HTTP.

  • Could you elaborate a bit further about the technical reason?
    – William
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 17:28
  • They are two different protocols. Each has its own specification. HTTP can't be secure without becoming HTTPS. I would recommend reading up on each at Wikipedia to learn the technical differences as it is a broad topic.
    – John Conde
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 17:45

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