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Using SSL

You use SSL for transmitting private documents over the Internet. SSL uses a digital certificate stored on your server to authenticate the site to a user. The certificate confirms to the user that they have successfully contacted your site.

You can obtain certificates for a fee from an independent vendor, such as VeriSign at http://verisign.netscape.com/server/index.html. You can also generate a private certificate for testing purposes. This article shows how to create a private certificate for use with the built-in web server.

SSL works in conjunctions with Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Secure Socket Layer (HTTPS). HTTPS is a web protocol that uses SSL. You prefix a request through HTTPS with https:// rather than an unsecure request using http://.

For detailed information about SSL, you can read the SSL specification at http://www.netscape.com/eng/ssl3/.

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