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Learn Windows IIS in a Month of Lunches by Jason Helmick

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Chapter 9. Protecting data with certificates

Are you comfortable entering your credit card information into a website? How about one that has no protection or encryption? Protecting sensitive data from prying eyes as it flies from your customer’s computer to your website is a top responsibility of the administrator.

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is an encryption technology created by Netscape to protect data from being stolen by encrypting the communication between the customer and the server. Every time you add https:// to a URL, you’re using SSL encryption to protect your confidential data. The web requests are encrypted and (usually) sent through the firewall’s default port of 443 to the website, which responds back over the encryption tunnel, ...

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