Use of SSL Creates Performance Overhead for Browsers

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The use of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) will slow performance between HTTP servers and browsers.


If two HTTP web servers are developed with identical HTML, and SSL is applied to only one of the servers, the client browsers will experience a noticeable performance degradation when you browse the SSL web server.

NOTE: Use encryption sparingly. The use of large bitmaps behind an SSL site should be used with discretion.


Article ID: 150031 - Last Review: February 28, 2014 - Revision: 2.2
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