Re: Questionable logic ?

Jeff Simmons (
Mon, 12 May 1997 11:37:18 -0700 (PDT)

> BTW - Could someone explain to me how my 128bit version of Internet
> Explorer knows which key to use or does it only use one? Point me to an FAQ
> or something. Thanks,

If both the server and the client are 128 bit enabled, then you get 128
bit. If the server is only 40 bit, you get 40 bit.

With Netscape, there's a little key in the lower left of the window. If
it shows a broken key, no encryption. If it shows a whole key on a yellow
background, 40 bit. If it shows a whole key on a blue background, 128 bit.
I imagine that Explorer has a similar feature.

BTW if you contact a site and preface the URL with shttp:, for example:
s instead of, and the server
supports encryption, ALL of your traffic will be encrypted with SSL. If
the server doesn't do encryption, you won't connect at all.

Jeff Simmons

Hey, man, got any spare CPU cycles? Help crack DES.