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Upgrading and Repairing Networks, Fifth Edition by Mark Edward Soper, Terry W Ogletree

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CHAPTER 34. The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Protocol

SOME OF THE MAIN TOPICS IN THIS CHAPTER ARE

Symmetric and Asymmetric Encryption 648

Does SSL Provide Enough Security for Internet Transactions? 652

OpenSource SSL 652

Sending important information across the Internet, such as your credit-card numbers, can be a problem when using a clear-text method. Using cleartext is just about as bad as giving your credit-card number to a telephone solicitor. If you don’t know who’s on the other side of the transaction, can you be sure that your information will be kept secret?

In the case of Internet transactions, you should first be sure that you are dealing with a reputable vendor that has adopted a good privacy policy—and that the vendor is not a fly-by-night ...

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