• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint

What Is SSL?

Proving identity and securing the exchange of information has been an ongoing goal of the Internet community. Now that the Internet community includes not only people like you and me, but also companies, governments, and criminals, it is more important than ever to have these reassurances. SSL is the Secure Sockets Layer set of protocols. In general, it is a standard way to achieve a good level of security between a Web browser and a Web site. Actually, SSL can protect more than just Web surfing activity, but we will cover that as we go along.

SSL has reached version 3 in its development. SSL version 1 was quickly replaced with version 2 several years ago. When several security problems were discovered with version 2 of SSL, the developers at Netscape created version 3. SSL v3.0 is considered the strongest yet, and it is the focus of this chapter. Today, Netscape is not the only company that is developing SSL-enabled products. Several companies are making SSL their own way; free, open-source versions of the software are available for anybody to use. For all these different SSL-enabled products to work together, they must follow a standard set of guidelines.


PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint