Use Encryption

It is absolutely amazing how many organizations still insist on using unencrypted protocols to manage their corporate infrastructure and access critical applications. Since we are only concerned with web applications in this chapter, a simple solution to this issue is to use HTTPS rather than HTTP to transfer all sensitive data, such as usernames, passwords, cookies, session identifiers, and confidential information.

However, as you will see in the following sections, simply using HTTPS doesn't automatically make the connection secure.

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