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Why have distributions default HTTP package sources instead of HTTPS [duplicate]

Many distributions have HTTP links in their sources list for packages. Proof: https://docs.parrotsec.org/doku.php/mirrors-list https://docs.kali.org/general-use/kali-linux-sources-list-repositories ...
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Why are downloads of Mac updates redirected to plain HTTP? [duplicate]

I am downloading an inbetween version of MacOS necessary to update to High Sierra from an older version of El Capitan from here. Funny thing is, when I right click and get the download link from ...
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Why don't Linux distributions' websites use HTTPS to distribute their ISO files? [duplicate]

Most major Linux distributions, such as Debian, Ubuntu, and Centos, serve their ISO files over unencrypted HTTP or FTP. They don't even provide an option to download using TLS, even when the rest of ...
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Why don't more servers use HTTPS to secure executable downloads? [duplicate]

I actually check for TLS before I use any exe files. I've been trying to download a bootable usb creator tool for windows. However, I can't find a single one that actually uses any form of TLS (or ...
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Integrity of downloaded Oracle JDK (/software in general) [duplicate]

Found something related Why aren't application downloads routinely done over HTTPS? This is a question about general security from a noob. I couldn't find anything relevant about this topic via ...
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Does an established HTTPS connection mean a line is really secure?

From the view of somebody offering a web application, when somebody connects with TLS (https) to our service and submits the correct authentication data, is it safe to transmit all sensitive data over ...
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Why is HTTPS not the default protocol?

Why is HTTP still commonly used, instead what I would believe much more secure HTTPS?
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How safe are copies of Firefox that are on various Mozilla mirror sites?

If I end up downloading a .dmg or .exe (depending on OS) installer from some mirror site, how can I be sure that a virus or trojan or spyware has not been added? I don't see any mechanism for ...
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How does firewall differentiate between browsing and downloading?

The firewall installed at my college's router allows me to surf the internet but never allows me to download any package that has a size more than 100mb. I wonder how exactly does it differentiate ...
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Sample attack scenarios on file downloads over HTTP

The websites that serve files over https, can it be considered overkill? or is it a best practice everyone has to follow? The downside to serving files over HTTPS is that you will lose the caching as ...
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Why do browsers have no built-in features to verify the integrity of downloads? [closed]

I just started a download of a large file. Checksums were placed prominently on the download page. But I just realized that I actually never made use of any of the checksums provided for download ...