from the make-sure-you're-too-legit-2-to-quit dept.
lessthan0 writes "Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is the backbone of e-commerce on the web. It is the protocol used to encrypt communications between a web browser and web server, though it can also be used for other applications. To use SSL on your own web server, you often need to deal with an external company called a certificate authority (CA). Three major considerations come into play when choosing a CA: trust, audience, and cost."
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pillow of a Sheraton unless their computer says it's okay."
-- Arthur Miller