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Chapter 9. Securing Your Internet Transa... > Configuring Your Web Browser for SSL

Configuring Your Web Browser for SSL

Most common browsers today, including Netscape, Opera, and Internet Explorer, support both versions 2.0 and 3.0 of SSL. In general, you will want to choose SSL v3.0 over SSL v2.0 because it is a stronger and more secure version. Because the SSL version you use is negotiated between your browser and the server, we recommend disabling SSL v2.0 in your browser and only enabling SSL v3.0. This ensures that negotiations settle on using SSL v3.0; however, it might cause problems at sites that do not support SSL v3.0. If you cannot establish an SSL v3.0 connection with a particular site, you will have to enable SSL v2.0 support in your browser, accepting and understanding that it has known security issues. Let's have a look at the configuration options that Netscape Navigator v.6.1 and Internet Explorer v6.0 offer you.

Netscape Navigator

Netscape Navigator gives you much control over its SSL configurations. Select Edit, Preferences in Netscape, and then select Privacy and Security and then SSL from the Category list on the left, as shown in Figure 9.1. Options are available for enabling and disabling versions of SSL, as well as the different ciphers you want it to use.


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