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Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 in C# 2008: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition by Matthew MacDonald

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20.6. Confidentiality with SSL

One topic this chapter doesn't treat in detail is SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) connections. These technologies are supported by IIS and are really independent from ASP.NET programming. However, they are an important ingredient in creating a secure website.

Essentially, certificates allow you to demonstrate that your site and your organization information are registered and verified with a certificate authority. This generally encourages customer confidence, although it doesn't guarantee the company or organization acts responsibly or fairly. A certificate is a little like a driver's license—it doesn't prove you can drive, but it demonstrates that a third party (in this case, a department of the government) is willing ...

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