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    A friend of mine is developing a site that will contain sensitive information. What is the best way to protect this information from being viewable to the world?

    My first thought is SSL, but I'm not really sure exactly what it does or how it works (I know that my online banking uses it though, so I hope it's safe )

    Costs are not really an issue, it's the data security that is paramount.

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    Matt

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    If cost is not an issue and the information is really that sensative then pay a security consultant/professional team of developers to do the job.

    Also the average web hosting package isn't usually going to be secure enough for very sensative information that people would really want to get at, again you need someone to advise you on this.

    SSL is a protacol for sending information over the internet via HTTP, it is encrypted for transfer and decrypted at the other end of the transmission seamlessly.

    It is no good using SSL if the data is stored on the server in an insecure fashion e.g. Stored in a web accesible folder with no encryption.
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