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TLS (Transport Layer Security) and its predecessor SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) are cryptographic protocols designed to secure data transmitted over a network. These protocols ensure that data sent between a client (e.g., a web browser) and a server (e.g., a website) remains confidential and tamper-proof, protecting against eavesdropping, man-in-the-middle attacks, and data corruption.

TLS/SSL works by encrypting data before it is sent over the internet. The encryption process involves several steps:

Handshake Process

When a client connects to a server, they initiate a handshake process. This involves the client and server exchanging cryptographic keys. The client sends a “ClientHello” message, which includes supported encryption algorithms and a random value. The server responds with a “ServerHello” message, selecting the encryption method and sending its own random value and digital certificate.

Certificate Authentication

The server presents a digital certificate issued by a trusted Certificate Authority (CA). This certificate contains the server’s public key. The client verifies the certificate’s authenticity against a list of trusted CAs.

Key Exchange

Once the certificate is validated, the client and server use the public key to generate a shared secret key. This key is used to encrypt the data exchanged during the session.

Secure Data Transmission

With the shared secret key established, the client and server can securely exchange data. The encryption ensures that even if the data is intercepted, it cannot be read without the key.

TLS/SSL provides multiple benefits:

Confidentiality

Encryption ensures that data is readable only by the intended recipient.


Integrity:

Data integrity checks ensure that data has not been altered during transit.


Authentication:

The use of certificates allows clients to verify the identity of servers.
TLS has evolved over time, with TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.3 being the most widely used versions today. TLS 1.3, introduced in 2018, offers improved security and performance, with a simplified handshake process and the removal of outdated cryptographic algorithms.

TLS/SSL are essential protocols for protecting data in transit, providing robust encryption, authentication, and integrity to safeguard sensitive information against various cyber threats.

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