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How to obtain a digital certificate for a server

In order to use SSL-protected communications, such as exchanging Web traffic using the HTTPS protocol, an enterprise must first purchase and then install a digital certificate on its server. In this expert Q&A, Mike Chapple explains how to do just that.

How can I obtain a digital certificate for my server? Why would I want to do this?
Digital certificates are a critical component of Internet security. They allow Internet users to securely and reliably retrieve the public keys of application servers, such as web and file servers, facilitating the secure, encrypted exchange of information.

In order to use SSL-protected communications, such as exchanging Web traffic using the HTTPS protocol, an enterprise must first purchase and then install a digital certificate on its server. This involves selecting a certificate authority (such as Verisign or Thawte), proving your identity to that CA, paying a certificate fee and installing the certificate on the server. The exact technical steps will depend upon the type of server...

you're running, but each CA has detailed instructions on their websites for obtaining a certificate.

It's important that you obtain a digital certificate if you wish to provide users with the ability to securely connect to your website. Without a certificate, they will be unable to use SSL encryption to connect to your site and will not have a guarantee of your server's identity or the peace of mind that their information is encrypted while in transit over the Internet.

More information:

  • A SearchSecurity.com reader asks Michael Cobb, "When choosing a digital certificate, how important is the expiration period?"
  • Learn more about the personal digital certificates that enterprises will need during a PKI implementation.
  • This was first published in December 2008

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