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(SSL) A protocol designed by Netscape Communications Corporation to provide encrypted communications on the Internet. SSL is layered beneath application protocols such as HTTP, SMTP, Telnet, FTP, Gopher, and NNTP and is layered above the connection protocol TCP/IP. It is used by the HTTPS access method.

This is the technology behind the lock icon on your browser and other related messages notifying you that you are now entering a secured area
Great article that talks about SSL not being as secure as you may think, and gives all sorts of good tidbits for site administrators if you peruse the related links. http://www.builder.com/Servers/SecurityIssues/080900/
See also: SSLCerti Ficate Thawte SSLCertificates Verisign SSLCertificates
Contributors: Roxanne Seibert
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( Topic last updated: 2000.08.10 01:33:58 PM )