Cryptosystems that Secure Web Browsers

Contributed by E. Craig Luther

The need to secure Web browsers from eavesdropping of unauthorized parties or stealing of data pushed the development of cryptosystems that work to secure Web browsers. This was of particular importance for users trust of any Web based business such as electronic commerce sites as internet users wouldn’t purchase goods over the web unless the technology existed for transmitting data securely via a Web browser. [1] There are numerous cryptosystems that provide this technology, including Secure Socket Layer (SSL), Secure Electronic Transaction (SET), Secure Hypertext Transfer Protocol (SHTTP), Secure Shell (SSH) and IP Security (IPSec).

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