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Server-Gated Cryptography (SGC) Certificates enable 128- or 256-bit SSL encryption (depending on the Web browser, operating system, and host server), the most powerful SSL encryption commercially available today.

Over a Trillion Times a Trillion Times Stronger
When an SSL handshake occurs between a client and server, a level of encryption is determined by the Web browser, the client computer operating system, and the SSL Certificate. Strong encryption, at 128 bits, can calculate 288 times as many combinations as 40-bit encryption. That’s over a trillion times a trillion times stronger. At current computing speeds, a hacker with the time, tools, and motivation to attack using brute force would require a trillion years to break into a session protected by an SGC-enabled certificate.

When Browsers Fail to Step Up to Strong Encryption
Even though an SSL Certificate is capable of 128-bit or 256-bit encryption, certain older browsers and operating systems still cannot connect at this level. Without an SGC certificate on the Web server, Web browsers and operating systems that do not support 128-bit strong encryption will receive only 40- or 56-bit encryption. Users with the following browser versions and operating systems will temporarily step-up to 128-bit SSL encryption if they visit a Web site with an SGC-enabled SSL Certificate:

  • Internet Explorer export browser versions from 3.02 but before version 5.5
  • Netscape export browser versions after 4.02 and up through 4.72
  • Windows 2000 systems shipped prior to March 2001 that have not downloaded Microsoft’s High Encryption Pack or Service Pack 2 and that use Internet Explorer
(Internet Explorer browser versions prior to 3.02 and Netscape browser versions prior to 4.02 are not capable of 128-bit encryption with any SSL Certificate.)