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Security Risks

The reality of Internet applications is that each piece of data being transmitted from the client to the server and back to the client passes through equipment on several different networks. In multi-tiered systems, the client-server paradigm is extended to include application servers, databases, and other heterogeneous systems. Each of these represents a point where the data passing between a user and the server could potentially be compromised.

To minimize the risk of data's being compromised in this fashion, many Internet applications are built using Secure Socket Layers (SSL) over the HTTPS protocol. Using this technology, data sent between the server and browser (client) is encrypted (the bit depth of encryption can vary among brands and versions of the browsers), making it much more difficult for outsiders to read this data.


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