Securing data from web-based applications is just an aspect of keeping information safe. In this context, an encryption framework will do the trick of keeping sensitive data confidential. And this is where Secure Socket Layer and Transport Layer Security come into play, along with Apache. When it comes down to bridging open source technology with its proprietary Windows operating system, Microsoft has used Port25 as a source of resources, and illustrative examples involve Windows and Linux technical analyses such as Recovering Data from Windows systems by using Linux and Active Directory and Linux Identity Management.
Keeping in with this trajectory, the Redmond company has now made available yet another resources, this time focused on the integration of Apache with SSL on Windows. “Often SSL or TLS is required to secure data from web applications. Sometimes this is just prudent to prevent confidential or sensitive data from being confiscated. Sometimes this is required by regulations like HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act in the USA) or industry bodies, such as the Payment Card Industry”, revealed Chris Travers, the owner of Metatron Technology Consulting and author of Installing Apache 2.2 with SSL/TLS on Windows technical analysis.
SSL provides the right answer for protecting an individual network connection against eavesdropping, but also in order to increase data security via authentication. SSL is nothing more than an encryption framework and stands for Secure Socket Layer. Transport Layer Security is just the latest variant of SSL. The first challenge that arises in scenarios requiring the implementation of Apache with SSL on Windows Vista, or on Windows for that matter, is the fact that the binary packages offered do not come with an installer. This aspect inherently requires manual installation, and the documentation will lead you through the process.
“Apache with SSL on Windows poses a number of unique difficulties because it is not bundled with the default Apache installation package. These difficulties are minor, but are likely to be somewhat foreign to administrators who shy away from text files and command-line interfaces. I hope that this paper helps people overcome the most common problems”, Travers added.