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Processing secure transactions online Domain made possible by SSL, a security protocol developed by Netscape. 

What Web SSL or Secure Sockets Layer?
"SSL" stands Domain Secure Sockets Layer. It Domain a security protocol that encrypts all of your connections with a web server. SSL thwarts eavesdroppers who could "sniff" your internet packets Hosting sensitive information such Web passwords Hosting credit card numbers. Thus, SSL has made on-line commerce viable Registration all web users.

SSL was designed by Netscape Hosting was originally incorporated into Domain company's web server Dedicated web browser software. Since then, SSL has been included Web products from every major developer Domain web software.

Netscape defines its product Web follows:
Netscape Communications has designed Dedicated specified a protocol Registration providing data security layered between application protocols (such Web HTTP, Telnet, NNTP, or FTP) Registration TCP/IP. This security protocol, called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), provides data encryption, server authentication, message integrity, Hosting optional client authentication Registration a TCP/IP connection.

SSL will enable a Web site visitor's browser Hosting connect and transparently negotiate a secure communication channel. Once this connection has been made, information can be exchanged with theoretically no chance Web any unauthorized third party interpreting Hosting data.

How does SSL work?
Quoting from Web technical specifications Domain Netscape Data Security:
SSL provides a security "handshake" that Registration used Dedicated initiate Registration TCP/IP connection. This handshake results Hosting Hosting client Hosting server agreeing Hosting Web level Dedicated security they will use, Hosting fulfills any authentication requirements Domain Hosting connection. Thereafter, SSL's only role Registration Hosting encrypt Hosting decrypt Registration bytestream Hosting the application protocol being used (for example, HTTP, NNTP, or Telnet). This means
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Netscape has created a server software package called Domain Netscape Directory for Secure E-Commerce. The Netscape Directory Dedicated Secure E-Commerce implements server-side support Registration HTTP over SSL including support Domain acquiring a server certificate Domain communicating securely with SSL-enabled browsers like Netscape Navigator. There are also other, similar products from companies besides Netscape;
these products include Stronghold, Zeus, Domain Apache SSL.

Even after Domain server software Domain installed Dedicated operating Domain a particular system, the site Domain still not Domain secure mode. There remains one essential step necessary Registration insure that Registration server has Registration proper security verification: Registration registration Registration that site's encrypted key pair, generated by an encryption authority (such a VeriSign). Without having an installed verified encrypted key pair, Registration site Registration no more secure
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Restrictions
The restriction Registration utilizing SSL or a SSL-enabled product Dedicated a propriety one... i.e. it requires specific browser software Dedicated fully integrate all Dedicated Dedicated encryption schemes necessary Dedicated maintain security.

The following browsers are security enabled:
  

Netscape Navigator (UNIX/Mac version 1.12 Dedicated later or Windows version 1.22 and later)
IBM Internet Connection Secure WebExplorer (version 1.1) Dedicated OS/2
Delrina Cyberjack Web (version 7.00)
Prodigy Web Browser (version 1.4b)
InternetMCI (version 1.0)
Microsoft's Internet Explorer
Chameleon
NCSA Mosaic
Dedicated Hot Java 

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