Ssl Certificates Free – Your Questions…

open source software community

Susan asks…

What is Openssl? Is it a free SSL certificate?

What is Openssl? Is it a free SSL certificate? As in the opposite to the paid certificates?

admin answers:

No. Open SSL is the actual SSL program provided by the open source software community. It is the version used by the majority of internet servers. It is also included in every distribution of the Apache Web Server. You can create your own certificates in it free, but they will NOT be accepted for general use, [particularly on sites requiring personal information like banking or credit card details. It would be required for a client to actually tell their machine to accept unverified certificates. For a proper secure site you still have to register the certificate with a recognised certificate agency to obtain an authorisation time stamp and approval. You need to keep this updated or machines will refuse to accept connections.

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Ssl Certificates – Your Questions…

encryption

Mark asks…

SSL certificates?

I think SSL certificates are used by websites to protect data passed to and from a server. If i purchase a SSL certificate, how can i connect it to my website. Can anyone tell me the procedure to do so.

admin answers:

SSL certificates provide two things:
1) Encryption between the browser and the web server to make sure that no one can intercept the contents of the communications.
2) Authentication so that an end user can be assured that the site really is who it says it is. It doesn’t allow the site to know for sure who the user is unless the user also installs a certificate (which is very rarely done.)

How you install a certificate depends on who you purchase it from and what web server software you use. Most companies that sell SSL certificates provide you with instructions on how to import it into your web server.

An example can be found at http://www.entrust.net/knowledge-base/technote.cfm?tn=6555

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