What is SSL


The home page of my personal banking site (http://www.zionsbank.com) comes up as a non-secure page. This leads me to beleive that when I enter my username and password, and idiot with a packet-sniffer could see it.

The web site claims that they connect using SSL before after I press send, but befire they send the info.

Is it really possible to send something from my non-secure browser through secure pipelines if a SSL session is not set up at first?


This question was answered on February 3, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Yes it is possible, SSL works by using a public key to encrypt data that's that transferred over the SSL connection SSL a protocol used for transmitting private documents via the Internet.

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Posted by Eugene of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 3, 2003