Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is an encryption technology for web host devices used to provide secure transactions. For example, a secure transaction is required when clients enter their credit card numbers for e-commerce via their browser. When the end user enters a web address via an Internet browser, such as Internet Explorer, instead of entering HTTP: //web address in the address window, the end user enters HTTPS://web address.
Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol secure site, or HTTPS, transports HTTP-based traffic over an SSL connection and provides a stronger authentication mechanism than HTTP.
HTTPS runs over TCP port 443. SSL is defined in RFC 2246.
The SSL Handshake Protocol was first developed by Netscape Communications ...