What is SSL ?

(pronounced as separate letters) Short for Secure Sockets Layer, a protocol developed by Netscape for transmitting private documents via the Internet. SSL uses a cryptographic system that uses two keys to encrypt data − a public key known to everyone and a private or secret key known only to the recipient of the message. Both Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer support SSL, and many Web sites use the protocol to obtain confidential user information, such as credit card numbers.By convention, URLs that require an SSL connection start with https: instead of http:.

Another protocol for transmitting data securely over the World Wide Web is Secure HTTP (S-HTTP). Whereas SSL creates a secure connection between a client and a server, over which any amount of data can be sent securely, S-HTTP is designed to transmit individual messages securely. SSL and S-HTTP, therefore, can be seen as complementary rather than competing technologies. Both protocols have been approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) as a standard.

Was this answer helpful?

 Print this Article

Also Read

My FTP connection disconnected

The server will automatically disconnect you if your FTP session remains inactive for a period of...

Glossary of Terms for Web Hosting

AppletAn applet is a small executable module, that normally doesn't have the complete features...

How do I troubleshoot my cgi-bin?

First refer to the step by step setup guide to ensure the scripts have been uploaded and setup...

Glossary of Internet Terms

Glossary of Internet Terms  Question Do you provide an interactive help...

Uploading your web pages - quick guide

FTP SOFTWARE : FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol and the software is used to transfer...

Powered by WHMCompleteSolution