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SSL/TLS Overview

The Secure Sockets Layer protocol (SSL) and its compatible successor, the Transport Layer Security protocol (TLS), enable a client and server to establish a secure, encrypted connection over a public network. When you connect using SSL/TLS, the client authenticates the server before making a connection, and all data passed between Reflection and the server is encrypted. Depending on the server configuration, the server may also authenticate the client.

Authentication is accomplished by sending an X.509 security certificate. Authentication occurs automatically and invisibly as the first step of establishing an SSL/TLS connection. SSL/TLS connections require the client to authenticate the server. It is optional for the server to authenticate the client.

Once an encrypted connection is established, data is transmitted using the encryption level you have specified in the Reflection Security Properties dialog box.

Data Encryption Standards

Reflection SSL/TLS supports the following data encryption algorithms:

  • RC2 (40-bit)
  • RC4 (40-, 56- and 128-bit)
  • DES (56-bit)
  • TripleDES (168-bit)
  • AES (128-bit and 256-bit)

Related Topics

Connect Using SSL/TLS

Configure SSL/TLS (FTP Client)

Digital Certificates in SSL/TLS Sessions

Certificate Authentication (PKI)

SSL/TLS Tab (Security Properties Dialog Box)