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December 07, 2006

Secure Sockets Layer

Today while doing my online banking, I saw the word "SSL" at the bottom of the page, and being a curious person that I am, I went online to search for it. So here is a little bit of what I have learnt about it.

SSL is Secure Sockets Layer, and it provides another layer of security to internet users as to help prevent other people from tampering or doing all those bad stuff. It basically needs 2 different accesses: the public key that everyone can see, and the private one that only you can provide.

These are the 3 basic phases:
- algorhithm support
- public key encryption
- symmetric cypher

The cool thing is, many sites are SSL, and you can know when it's "https:" instead of "http". I became so much more aware of the sites I enter after I learnt about it. Well, now you'd feel a little more at ease if you see that little "s" behind.

Posted by kalbindo at December 7, 2006 03:42 PM


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