SSL In The Driver's Seat

    Date13 Nov 2000
    CategoryCryptography
    3571
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    E-commerce is driving the Internet economy; e-commerce wouldn't be driving anything if users didn't purchase items online; overcoming users fears while shopping online has been the major hurdle in growing e-commerce; a single Internet protocol has almost single handedly increased e-commerce . . . E-commerce is driving the Internet economy; e-commerce wouldn't be driving anything if users didn't purchase items online; overcoming users fears while shopping online has been the major hurdle in growing e-commerce; a single Internet protocol has almost single handedly increased e-commerce by making secured transactions possible. Introducing SSL.

    SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) has become the de facto standard for client-to-server encryption on the Internet. It is a public key encryption scheme developed by Netscape that uses both public and private keys to authenticate users. Part of this process involves the server sending the client its certificate. Provided by a certifying authority, such as Verisign, this certificate guarantees the server's authenticity so that you know exactly what resource you are talking to. After this key exchange takes place, a shared secret key is used to encrypt the data between sender and receiver.

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