|Secure Sockets Layer (BC-SEC)|
An Internet standard protocol developed by Netscape that is used to secure communications across the Internet.
The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol layer exists between the network-layer protocol (for example, TCP/IP) and the application layer protocol (for example, HTTP). The protocol uses public-key technology to secure the communication between a client and a server.
The SSL protocol provides for the following:
To access Internet addresses that use SSL connections, you use URLs starting with HTTPS: instead of HTTP:.