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DevX: Armoring Apache HTTP Server with SSL

Feb 25, 2004, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kulvir Singh Bhogal, Javid Jamae)

"Unfortunately, there are individuals in the cyber world who have nefarious plots to use and abuse data that your Web site users might deem private and sensitive. But if you're an Apache user (or are thinking about becoming one), you're in luck. In this article, we'll teach you how to configure the Apache HTTP Server Version 2.0 with SSL so that you can safely transfer encrypted data between your Web server and your Web site users.

"The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol and the Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols are used to provide security for HTTP transactions. Though both protocols are used, SSL and TLS are commonly just referred to as SSL and the term secure HTTP is used to refer to HTTP running over SSL. A client connects to a secure HTTP server by specifying https as opposed to http as the protocol of the URI she is trying to access. By default, secure HTTP uses port 443..."

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