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SSL (Secured Sockets Layer) - Definition

SSL is an abbreviation for Secured Sockets Layer. It is a security protocol first designed by Netscape Communications to transmit communication over the Internet, using encryption. SSL provides three important things: Privacy, Authentication, and Message Integrity. With SSL, information being sent is unchanged. The most common use for SSL is the communication between web servers and web browsers, such as Mozilla Firefox. URLs that begin with "https" indicate that a secure SSL connection is being used.

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