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Thread: How does SSL work?
11-07-2004, 03:30 PM #1
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How does SSL work?
Does anyone have a decent article/guide that explains how SSL works?
By this I mean: Your browser connects to a https site and it loads the encrypted webpage. But what is behind that process? What happens to get that website in my browser? What/who is involved in this process etc.
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11-07-2004, 03:41 PM #2NetProSmartGuest
11-07-2004, 03:49 PM #3bliksterCGuest
Here is info I posted on SSLTalk.com. If this isn't the information you are looking for, let me know and I'll post more specific information:
The SSL (and TLS) protocol is the Web standard for encrypting communications between users and SSL (secure sockets layer) e-commerce sites. Data sent via an SSL connection is protected by encryption, a mechanism that prevents eavesdropping and tampering with any transmitted data. SSL provides businesses and consumers with the confidence that private data sent to a Web site, such as credit card numbers, are kept confidential. Web server certificates (also known as secure server certificates or SSL certificates) are required to initialize an SSL session.
Customers know when they have an SSL session with a website when their browser displays the little gold padlock and the address bar begins with a https rather than http. SSL certificates can be used on webservers for Internet security and mailservers such as imap, pop3 and smtp for mail collection / sending security.