ApacheToday: Installing a secure web serverDec 12, 2000, 22:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rich Bowen)
[ Thanks to Jeremy C. Reed for this link. ]
"With `e-commerce' becoming an important part of many businesses, it's useful to know how to set up your server to run SSL for secure transfer of sensitive information."
"SSL, which stands for Secure Socket Layers, is a protocol by which a client (web browser) and server (Apache, for example) can communicate with one another securely, using encrypted messages. Anyone intercepting the message will receive only garbage, since the messages are encoded with the public keys of the conversants, but must be decrypted with their private keys, which are not distributed."
"There are a variety of SSL solutions available, and you should probably check out all the options before making the decision that is right for your business, or that of your clients."
"Being an Open Source advocate, I am partial to OpenSSL. You can get OpenSSL from http://www.openssl.org/ in source code form. It is free software, and you can build it to run on whatever platform you are using."