Free SSL Certificates!

A friend asked me today where he can get free SSL certs, as he’d heard me mention this before. CAcert offer this service, but before you get all security conscious:

  • The use a web-of-trust system of assurance to make sure people are who they say they are
  • You need to be assured by at least 2 highly trusted assureres to create a server certificate
  • They protect their root certificate (in my opinion) very well

That’s just a short list of why they are trust-worthy. Check out their site, help page and wiki for more info.

And don’t forget to install their root certificate in your browsers and mail clients. And when I say browsers and mail clients, read also: instant messaging applications, operating systems, in fact anything that might use SSL.

Finally, why not support the inclusion of their root certificate by default?

These do:

  • FreeBSD
  • Nokia 770
  • Knoppix
  • Debian
  • Gentoo
  • MirBSD
  • CentOS
  • Wildfire

These will soon:

  • Grml 0.5
  • Mozilla
  • Fedora

Your app not listed? Ask the developers to include it!

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