HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world. HSBC’s international network has around 8,000 offices in 88 countries and territories across Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, North, Central and South America, the Middle East and Africa. HSBC is a supported merchant at Cardstream, to have a look at the full list of supported merchants, click here.

HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)

HTTP is a client/server protocol for delivering hypertext material across an internet. HTTP is stateless: when a client makes multiple requests to a single HTTP server, each request is treated independently. HTTP servers do not remember the earlier requests. The stateless protocol allows HTTP servers to respond to requests quickly.

HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol – Secure)

A variant of HTTP for handling secure transactions. Browsers that support the URL access method, https, connect to HTTP servers using SSL. https is a unique protocol that is simply SSL underneath HTTP.


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