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 secured authoring. You can also specify if you want
to use the SSL port for links to specific pages in a normal, unsecured Web.
This is called secured 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, click
- In the Change Location dialog box, type
the name of the new FrontPage Web, and then 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. Because 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. Note
FrontPage 98 does not support 128-bit encryption; it only
supports 40 bit encryption.
For additional information about the use
of security certificates with FrontPage, click the following article number to
view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
FP98: 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)(for example,
Web servers use a separate port for SSL connections. Instead of linking to
default.htm link to:
Go from the default port (usually 80) to the SSL port (usually
443). To go from the SSL port to port 80, link to http://example.microsoft.com/default.htm. To create a SSL link from a page in your Web for secure browsing,
follow these steps:
- In FrontPage Editor, select the text that you want to use
for your hyperlink.
- On the Edit menu, click
- In the URL box change http:// to https:// and type the complete URL of
For example, type the following:
- Click OK.