Secure data exchange on Palm OS 5

Wednesday, 12 November 2003, 12:48 PM EST

Palm OS 5 provides an implementation of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol through the SSL library. By using the SSL protocol, you can guarantee that the data you send to and receive from the network or Internet will be secure and authentic. This article shows you how to use the Palm OS 5 SSL APIs for secure data communication.

Netscape developed the SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol to provide secure and private data exchange over the Internet. Now you can provide the same kind of security over wireless data communication. Here, I'll show you how the SSL APIs in Palm OS 5 allow you to send and receive secure and private data from a wireless network.

The SSL sits above the TCP/IP layer and below the high-level application protocol layer, as shown in Figure 1. The SSL protocol also supports both client and server authentication.

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