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

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Configuring Your Web Browser for SSL

Most common browsers today, including Netscape, Opera, and Internet Explorer, support both versions 2.0 and 3.0 of SSL. In general, you will want to choose SSL v3.0 over SSL v2.0 because it is a stronger and more secure version. Because the SSL version you use is negotiated between your browser and the server, we recommend disabling SSL v2.0 in your browser and only enabling SSL v3.0. This ensures that negotiations settle on using SSL v3.0; however, it might cause problems at sites that do not support SSL v3.0. If you cannot establish an SSL v3.0 connection with a particular site, you will have to enable SSL v2.0 support in your browser, accepting and understanding that it has known security issues. Let's ...

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