If you use https will your url params will be safe from sniffing? [duplicate]

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Suppose I setup a simple php web server with a page that can be accessed by https. The url has simple parameters like https://www.example.com/test?abc=123. Is it true that the parameter here in this case will be safe from people sniffing the packets? And would this be true if the server does not employ any SSL certificate?

How to enable mod_rewrite for Apache 2.2

I've got fresh install of Apache 2.2 on my Vista machine, everything works fine, except mod rewrite.

I've uncommented

LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.s

but none of my rewrite rules works, even simple ones like

RewriteRule not_found %{DOCUMENT_ROOT}/index.php?page=404

All the rules I'm using are working on my hosting, so they should be ok, so my question is, is there any hidden thing in apache configuration, that could block mod rewrite?