Secure Server Login
It will probably be important to start this article by defining Secure Server Login andSSL. A Secure Server Login is access (login) to a web server that supports a major security protocol like PCT, SHTTP, SSL or IPSec. SSL on the other hand is a protocol that ensures that transmitted data is properly routed to avoid it being accessed by unauthorized persons. This is done through encryption of the communication in the Secure Server. Typically, you need an SSL certificate to use SSL in your server. By using SSL protocol in Secure Server Loginthree critical things are assured: security, confirmations and protection.
1. Protection of information
In most dynamic websites, such as e-commerce, social networks, learning sites - just to mention a few, a lot of personal information is collected from the users. Such information may include social security numbers, personal contacts, demographic information etc. As a user, you need to be sure that this information is secure at all times. This can only be possible if you use a Secure Server Login to access the website supported by an SSL protocol. If you happen to be the owner of the site and not a user, then you get customers who have confidence in your website if you have a Secure Server Login for it. If the customers realize that they are interacting with a web server that uses SSL protocol their trust in your site is guaranteed. This is especially true for first time users as it creates a good first impression.
2. Security of the server
One important aspect about Secure Server Login is that it allows users to know the identity of the server. SSL enabled servers are able to use specialized techniques such as the public key cryptography to confirm whether the certificate of the server is authentic. The users can also check whether the public ID being used by the server is one that has been validly issued by a genuine certificate issuing authority. Knowing the validity of the public ID and certificate is a good way of ascertaining the security standards of the server. Confirming the security standards of the server in this manner is important more so in cases where the user intends to give information about his credit or debit card and he wants to be certain about the identity of the server that will capture that information.
3. Confirmation of the identity of Secure Server Login users
In previous times when there were only stateless protocols such as the HTTP, it was impossible to know identity of a user. SSL has changed all this and now servers can confirm the users' identity. This is particularly important in cases whereby a bank wants to confirm the identity of a user before it sends some personal information to the user. Such information can be a change of password to the system or even delivery of financial statements. The server uses the same technique as those used by the clients in establishing the identity of the server. Once a user has passed the Secure Server Login process, the server request the user to provide a certificate and a public ID. After this has been done successfully the users are allowed access to the extent that he is required.