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S-HTTPSecure Hyper Text Transport Protocol
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S-HTTP provides the user with the ability to communicate securely with a Web server by selecting the desired secure properties of the transaction.
For example, it can make a lot of sense to use SSL to provide data confidentiality services to Web applications, and S-HTTP to provide nonrepudiation services to the same applications.
Initially, there seemed to be a divergence of support for S-HTTP and SSL, with most vendors aligning themselves with one standard or the other.