Secure Server Certificate - How To Get Your Own

By: Dean Forster

The number of online transactions is on the rise and so are the number of threats to modern online transactions and communication exchanges. If you have ever purchased something online, you have been using a secure server certificate (or a SSL). There is a need for secured, encrypted protocols to protect online communication over the internet, either if we are talking about e-mails, web browsing or any other sort of data transfer. If you want to create, configure and manage a web server yourself or for your company - employ a SSL certificate to secure all the data transfer towards and from your web page. If you decide to get your own, there are several tips you should follow to be sure you end up with a secure and a compatible server.

The first step is to choose the vendor for your SSL certificate. You have several options from which you can choose. However, before deciding on a specific certificate vendor, you should make sure your host supports it. If you are interested in getting a SSL certificate for you, Thawte, Verisign and Komodo are among the most known and used vendors.

There is other information about SSL certificates you should know before getting such a certificate for yourself.

After you have chosen a certificate authority, you should study carefully what that CA requires, as authorities differ. By reading their provided documentation, you will find out their requirements. You will need to meet exactly their specifications as any flaw will not be tolerated. The chosen certificate authority will verify several things: that your company for which you demand the SSL certificate exists in reality and that the organization, name and the domain name belong to you. Do not worry, those documentations are not hard to find and most of them can be found in a digital format. Learn more at http://www.computersecuritycertifications.com

After gathering the entire required documentation, you will need to ask your host to generate a CSR (or a certificate-signing request) and to complete the authorities online application. After they verify that all the data supplied by you is correct, they will issue you with a SSL certificate. You will receive an e-mail containing a URL to download your secure server certificate. After you have downloaded, it will take anywhere from a few hours to a few days until the vendor will activate it. You should also know that your web host might request a small fee for installing the secure server certificate that will be added to the fee requested by the vendor for the actual generation.

Another thing you should take in consideration when deciding to purchase a secure server certificate is how you want your URL to be called. Be sure to transmit the entire name of your URL to your host, as a series of issues can appear if, for example, you transmit the URL name without the www. ahead of the name. After everything is done, when accessing your web page, in the far right down corner of your browser window you will notice a small lock symbolArticle Search, meaning that your site is now secured.

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