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SSL and TLS seem to be somewhat interchangeable. So much so that they are generally lumped together ("SSL/TLS") when referring to HTTPS and other services. Its almost as if TLS is version 4.0 of SSL. Why wasn't named that instead of coming up with a different name?

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TLS 1.0 is SSL 3.1. Please see security.stackexchange.com/q/5126/21234 –  Shurmajee Jun 20 '13 at 4:09

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I believe this is mostly due to the fact that SSL was never a considered an internet standard.

This quote is from the SSL 3.0 RFC.

Although the SSL 3.0 protocol is a widely implemented protocol, a pioneer in secure communications protocols, and the basis for Transport Layer Security (TLS), it was never formally published by the IETF, except in several expired Internet-Drafts. This allowed no easy referencing to the protocol.

When TLS was accepted as an internet standard, the people in charge probably wanted a new term to distinguish it from the older, "non-standard" SSL protocol.

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