Latency is defined as the delay between the request of data and the response to that request. And it can be a factor for anyone who uses the internet, but the term is mostly connected to satellite internet usage. Most satellites in geostationary orbit will experience high latency, due simply to the fact that the signal has to travel over 22,000 miles one way. And although the round trip may only take a few seconds, it can still affect how your internet responds, especially when using online applications which require low latency, such as real-time online games and video chat. It can also cause some communications programs to behave improperly, as these were not designed for the demands of a high-latency connection. As well, those connections which employ SSL (secure socket layer) security may also be impacted because a large number of data is exchanged during the SSL process.