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What is SSL encryption?

In layman’s terms, SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a communications protocol (or a set of rules) that tell computers the steps to take to improve the security level of communications. These rules are designed for the following: - Encryption: which guards against eavesdropping - Data integrity: which guards against manipulation - Authentication: which guards against impersonation A recent online document from Netscape (re: sercurity) provided this simple explanation, stating... "The situation is analogous to purchasing mail-order goods over the telephone. Mail-order shoppers want to know that no third parties can hear their credit card number (eavesdropping); that no one can insert extra order information or change the delivery address (manipulation); and that it is actually the mail-order company on the other end of the line and not a credit card thief (impersonation).” To varying degrees (depending upon the browser you’re using), SSL encryption can effectively prevent these problems, as your transmission is sent in an encrypted (scrambled) form, then decoded when it gets to the intended recipient. Return To All News & Events

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