What is a Secure Socket Layer (SSL)?

A secure socket layer (SSL) is a standard procedure for regulating data transmission between computers. Netscape Communications Corporation created this method to provide encrypted communications on the Internet.  SSL is layered beneath the application protocols such as HTTP, SMTP, Telnet, FTP, Gopher, and NNTP and is layered above the connection protocol TCP/IP.  It is used by the HTTPS access method.

Electronic Merchant Systems Payment Processing Glossary :

Defining key payment processing and merchant services industry terms to help business owners make better decisions.




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