Sorry if the question sounds a bit stupid; I'm new to web programming. I'm looking for server software and decided on Apache, but I see two different version of Apache HTTP server - one with no ssl and one with no ssl. I've been reading about it and it sounds important, but I still don't know exactly what it is and whether I need it for just hosting a website. Which version should I get?

Accepted Answer

Are you going to be asking your users to send ANY kind of sensitive information from their browser to your site? Then use SSL. Keep in mind, though, that if this is a public site you will want to get your SSL certificate from a trusted root authority so that there are no warnings to the user about expired/invalid/unsigned SSL certs.

If there's nothing sensitive being submitted, you should be fine.

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