This chapter explains how to set up an Apache server capable of secure transactions. If you are using shared server space with a hosting provider, you will not have access to these configuration options—the process of setting up a secure web server will be specific to the provider and usually is not something you can do yourself. However, if you have root access to your server, use this chapter to learn
The SSL/TLS family of protocols and the underlying cryptography concepts
What secure certificates are and how to create and manage them
How to activate the
mod_ssl Apache module in Apache 2.2
Several types of Internet-related transactions require a high level of security. These include ...