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Internet Information Services (IIS) 6 Resource Kit by The Microsoft IIS Team

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Balancing Performance and Security

Balancing performance with concerns about the security of your Web applications can be an important issue, particularly if you run an e-commerce Web site. Secure Web communications require more resources than do Web communications that are not secure, so you need to know when to use security techniques such as SSL certificates or any of the Windows authentication methods. Because SSL uses complex encryption, and encryption requires considerable processor resources, it takes much longer to retrieve and send data from SSL-enabled directories. Therefore, you should place only those files that contain or receive sensitive information in your SSL-enabled directory, keeping pages free of resource-consuming elements ...

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