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Summary

SSL provides a means of protecting Internet users from having people eavesdrop on their communications, tamper with their data in transit, or impersonate the identity of an entity whom they trust. SSL has evolved to version 3 over the years, and is being matched by a similar, industry standard protocol called Transaction Layer Security (TLS). In conjunction with digital certificates, which, if trusted, can be used to prove identity online, SSL can provide a high level of privacy and security.

You hear many terms today such as smart cards, smart chips, digital IDs, and so on, and you see the drive to provide better methods of identity for people. In most cases, people are referring to X.509-based digital certificates, although PGP certificates can provide similar functionality.


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