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Special Edition Using® Microsoft® ASP.NET by Richard Leinecker

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Server Authentication

Server authentication protects clients as they access Web applications because server authentication verifies the identity of the owner of the Web application. That means that if clients are sending information such as name, age, Social Security number, credit-card information, and so on, they will have the confidence that they know who the owner of the Web application is because this has been verified. Now this doesn’t eliminate the possibility of some sort of misuse of the client information. It simply identifies the party to whom the information is going. If this party elects to misuse this information, server authentication can do nothing to prevent this. The only role of server authentication is to verify the identity ...

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