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Privacy Defended: Protecting Yourself Online by Chris Weber, William Chan, Gary Bahadur

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What Is SSL?

Proving identity and securing the exchange of information has been an ongoing goal of the Internet community. Now that the Internet community includes not only people like you and me, but also companies, governments, and criminals, it is more important than ever to have these reassurances. SSL is the Secure Sockets Layer set of protocols. In general, it is a standard way to achieve a good level of security between a Web browser and a Web site. Actually, SSL can protect more than just Web surfing activity, but we will cover that as we go along.

SSL has reached version 3 in its development. SSL version 1 was quickly replaced with version 2 several years ago. When several security problems were discovered with version 2 of SSL, the ...

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