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01-15-2008, 01:58 PM
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Addendum: Alan's post is better than mine, though slightly less general in description.
SSL is a communication protocol similar in nature to HTTP, hence why it is HTTPS. SSL stands for: Secure Socket Layer. Without getting too technical, the basics of SSL are these:
All communication is encrypted
When negotiating a connection, systems agree on encryption.
As data passes through the encryption codes rotate.
The connection ends, and the session is disposed.
Obviously there is a great deal more behind this technology, but SSL is a very potent security package. SSL1 has a few problems now due to age, but it is still better than plain HTTP. SSL2, on the other hand, requires someone to "tap" your datastream from the beginning for them to have any chance to spy on you.
It doesn't do anything more than make the transport of the data between server and client secure through encryption.
Programmers are in a race with the Universe to create bigger and better idiot-proof programs, while the Universe is trying to create bigger and better idiots. So far the Universe is winning.
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. Reason: Didn't see Alan's post.
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