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Explain by applying asymmetric and symmetric encryption, your browser uses SSL to protect the privacy of the information passing between your browser and a web server
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SSL uses asymmetric encryption and it means you have two keys: private or secret and public. The keys are mathemetically bound to each other.

This is how it works:

You encrypt the message you send with the recipient's public key. The math does the trick that only the holder of the corresponding private key can decrypt that specific message. It works also vice versa: you offer your public key to the sender and sender encrypts the message with it. Only you have the private key to open it. If you loose the private key then nobody is able to open message any more.
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