When you create a new FrontPage Web, you can select the
Secure connection required
option. When you select this
option, the entire Web uses the Secure Sockets 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.
Use SSL for Secure Authoring
- On the File menu, point to
New, and then click Web.
- In the New dialog box, click to select the
Secure connection required check box.
Note You must specify an HTTP location in the Specify the
location of the new web box. If you are creating a disk-based Web, the
Secure connection required check box will be
- Click OK.
For additional information about how to create
a new Web, click the following article number to view the article in the
Microsoft Knowledge Base:
F000: How to Create a New Web in Microsoft FrontPage
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 by using the public key of the certifying
authority and check that the same digest results. Note
FrontPage 2002 can use WININET if Internet Explorer 5 is
installed; it is capable of using 128-bit encryption in that case. If Internet
Explorer 5 is installed with 40-bit encryption, FrontPage 2002 only uses 40-bit
encryption. If Internet Explorer 5 is installed with 128-bit encryption,
FrontPage 2002 can use 128-bit encryption.
Use SSL for Secure Browsing
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) that is similar to the following example:
Web servers use a separate port for SSL connections. This is
identified by the protocol being used in the URL: http:// or https://. To
create an SSL link rather than linking to a specific file by using a relative
URL that is similar to this
you can use a fully-qualified URL, like this:
This will force the browser to go to the SSL port (usually 443)
instead of the default port (usually 80). To link from the SSL port to port 80,
reverse the process:
To create an SSL link from a page in your Web for secure
browsing, follow these steps:
- In FrontPage, select the text that you want to use for your
- On the Insert menu, click
- In the URL box, change http:// to https://
and type the complete URL of your page.
For example, type the
- Click OK.