All, Here's a piece of code I've got to access a https site. It's fine as far as getting to the host. example: www.bankofrajeev.com But I need to go to a directory beyond the host like www.bankofrajeev.com/outbound. I need to use the SSLSocket and how can this be accomplished? Please help as I have to finish this project by today. My previous question didn't evoke any response and I think I've resolved it. So please do help!!! SSLSocketFactory sf = sslContext.getSocketFactory(); System.out.println("created socket factory"); SSLSocket socket = (SSLSocket)sf.createSocket( host, port ); Rajeev.