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Apple Pro Training Series: OS X Lion Server Essentials by Ben Greisler, Arek Dreyer

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Securing Your Website

Most web traffic travels across the network in clear text, meaning that the content can be viewed by anyone who captures the web data. For many situations this is acceptable, but any time sensitive information is sent across the wire a method of protection is required.

It’s very easy to encrypt the web traffic using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and a certificate.

Using SSL

Lion Server makes it easy to turn on SSL for a website. During the process of turning on SSL, the default port of the website changes from 80 to 443. In Lion Server, websites using SSL will automatically redirect a request for the site using http (port 80) to https (port 443). You will create a new website using the host name ssl.pretendco.lan. The section ...

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