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Free SSL Certificates!

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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!


Hey ickle sis - read your journal - looks like you had a great time! I'll call you soon - right after I find out what your latest phone number is :-)

Hello Benji. My comment is that I cannot make sense of your website and all that stuff about root certificates.

My real reason for faffing about on your site is to contact you somehow, seeing as all fifteen e-mail addresses I tried for you came hurtling back at me. So perhaps you'll get this! Have a look at my new travelogue! It's something I chucked together after my trip to New York and Central America!

See ya amigo! Vix x x

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