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SSL Encryption


What is SSL Encryption?


Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Encryption, now upgraded to and called Transport Layer Security (TLS), is a cryptographic protocol, that provides protection for connections over networks such as the Internet by encrypting the networks. The SSL’s main purpose is to obtain confidential user information, it provied a way to verfity the identity of the internet client and or server with full confidentiality and authenticaion. http://www.articlesnatch.com/topic/ssl+security SSL provides web users with protection, its encrypts information such as ID, logins, date of birth, or any important information that a user would want to keep private.
How can you tell the site is supported by SSL?


A URL that requires and supports the SSL connection will start with the https: instead of the regular http:



Two keys that SSL uses to encrypt its data:


  1. Public Key: which is known to everyone.
  2. Private Key (also know as secret key): is only known to the recipient of the message.
Secure Sockets Layer Encryption is commonly used in applications such as:
  • Web Browsing : is a software application that is used for recovering, presenting, and navigating information resources on the World Wide Web (WWW) and the World Wide Web Consortium.
  • E-Mail : is the exchange of digital messages.
  • Internet Faxing : is the process of sending and receiving digital faxes.
  • Instant Messagine : is a form of real time communication between two or more people in a typed text form.
  • Voice-over-IP (VoIP) : allows for voice communication over the internet.



When/Why would you need/use SSL?
  • If you have an online store
  • If you accept online orders
  • If your website requires login
  • If your website processes data such as addresses, date of birth, or license
  • If you expect others to trust you.  
The Internet has successfully created many new global business opportunities for enterprises conducting online commerce. However, that growth has also attracted computer criminals. With an increase of internet criminals, the demand for privatacy and safety has increased. This gives business opportunity to provide safety and relief from worry about secuirty and privacy violations. The providers of these safety applications are now more motivated to upgrade and increase the efficiency of things suchs as the SSL. Which increase security and privacy for people who opperate online stores, produce orders, and require log in on their websites.

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