How to Enable SSL Protocol

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Running a website that processes financial information or retrieves personal data from visitors requires encryption between the user's browser and the website. This is accomplished by enabling a protocol called secure socket layers (SSL). SSL encrypts the data to secure sensitive information. In Internet Information Services (IIS), enabling SSL is accomplished in the configuration console. You can restrict folders to allow access only if the user's connection is encrypted. This ensures that any pages on the website that retrieve sensitive data are always secured.

Step 1

Click the Windows "Start" button and select "Control Panel." Double-click "Administrative Tasks" and then click the "Internet Information Services (IIS)" icon. This opens the configuration window.

Step 2

Right-click the website you want to edit on the left side of the window pane. Select "Properties" to open the configuration window for the website.

Step 3

Click the "Website" tab. In the section labeled "Web Site Identification," verify that the port enabled is "443"; 443 is the default number for SSL-secured sites.

Step 4

Click the "Advanced" button. In the window that opens, look in the section labeled "Multiple SSL Identities for this Web Site." If port 443 is not displayed, click the "Add" button and enter 443 in the text box labeled "SSL Port." Click the "OK" button.

Step 5

Click the "Directory Security" tab. Select a directory on the website and click the "Edit" button. Check the box labeled "Require Secure Channel (SSL)." Click the "OK" button. SSL is now enabled on the server.