Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Overview

By: Mike Yocom - Revised: 2014-01-23 richard

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SSL, and its successor Transport Layer Security (TLS), is the de facto standard for secure web transactions. SSL provides a framework for security methods to authenticate (verify the identity of) servers and clients, verify the contents of messages, and encrypt messages.

Table Of Contents
    A basic overview of SSL including what it is, why it exists, its components, its uses, and information about the SSL handshake.

    Specific information about SSL, OS X, and the University of Utah.