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 Managing Security for Mobile Users, Part 2

"If users think of anything when they see the acronym "SSL", it's usually the tiny lock symbol in their browsers, combined with the extra "s" in the "http" URL protocol identifier. Secure Sockets Layer or Transport Layer Security (TLS) [ref 3] provides for encryption of a session, authentication of a server, and optionally client and message authentication. This means that you can encrypt the data transmission and validate that the server and/or client is who each claims to be. SSL/TLS is not limited to browser-based applications, so virtually any application can be secured with SSL, either explicitly or via the use of helper applications such as stunnel [ref 4] or with the use of SSL/TLS helper network appliances."

 (Submitted by Noel Sat May 29, 2004 )


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