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Secure Your Sockets with JSSE
Networked applications, by their very nature, require close attention to security. The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol was developed by Netscape in 1994 as a common solution to client-server communication security issues. SSL supports a flexible client-server authentication scheme and provides for algorithm-independent encrypted client-server communication. SSL runs as a layer between the Transport Control Protocol (TCP) and application layer protocols, such as HTTP and SMTP.