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RootPrompt.org: Digital Certificates & Encryption

Apr 17, 2000, 14:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lance Spitzner)

[ Thanks to Noel for this link. ]

"On the Internet, information you send from one computer to another passes through numerous systems before it reaches its destination. Normally, the users of these intermediary systems don't monitor the Internet traffic routed through them, but someone who's determined can intercept and eavesdrop on your private conversations or credit card exchanges. Worse still, they might replace your information with their own and send it back on its way."

"Encryption & Digital Certificates are the solution for Internet Commerce. Used together, they protect your data as it travels over the Internet."

"Encryption is the process of using a mathematical algorithm to transform information into a format that can't be read (this format is called cipher text). Decryption is the process of using another algorithm to transform encrypted information back into a readable format (this format is called plain text)."

"Digital Certificates are your digital passport, an Internet ID. They are verification of you who you are and the integrity of your data."

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