When you create a new FrontPage Web, you can select the
Secure Connection Required option. When you select this option, the entire Web
will use the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) port to encrypt all data sent to or from
FrontPage. This is called secure authoring. You can also specify whether you
want to use the SSL port for links to specific pages within a normal, unsecured
Web. This is called secure browsing. This article describes how to accomplish
both secure authoring and secure browsing.
To use SSL for secure authoring, follow these steps:
- On the File menu, point to
New, and then click FrontPage Web.
- In the New FrontPage Web dialog box, click
- In the Change Location dialog box, type
the name of the new FrontPage Web, and click to select the Secure
connection required (SSL) check box.
- Click OK.
- Click OK again.
SSL provides a highly secure (encrypted and authenticated)
communication between the client and the server, based on public-key
cryptography. To send a secure message, the sender encrypts the message with
the recipient's public key, and the recipient decrypts the message with the
recipient's private key. Since only the recipient has the private key that can
decrypt the message, the message is secure.
authenticity, a certificate accompanies the public key. A certificate is a
digital signature on a digest of the friendly (human readable) name of the
participant, together with the participant's public key. The certificate is
encrypted with the private key of the certifying authority. To check the
authenticity of the public key of the participant, anyone can compute the
digest of the friendly name and public key for that participant and can decrypt
the certificate for that public key using the public key of the certifying
authority, and check that the same digest results.
97 does not support 128-bit encryption; only 40-bit encryption.
additional information about the use of security certificates with FrontPage,
please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
FP: Socket Code 13101 Error Opening, Creating New Web
If you want to require that SSL be used to browse some of your
pages, you can mix ports on a single Web by using a fully qualified Uniform
Resource Locator (URL), such as http://microsoft.com/default.htm.
servers use a separate port for SSL connections. For example, instead of
they link to
and go from the default port (usually 80) to the SSL port
(usually 443). To go from the SSL port to port 80, link to
To create a SSL link from a page in your Web for secure browsing,
follow these steps:
- In FrontPage Editor, select the text you want to use for
- On the Edit menu, click
- In the URL box, change
http:// to https://, and then type the
complete URL of your page. For example, type the following:
- Click OK.