Archive for October 7th, 2011

October 7, 2011

Certificates for dummies

by Neil Rickert

This post is an attempt to provide a simple introduction to security certificates, as used on the web – also known as PKI (public key infrastructure) and X.509 (a series of standards).

Acknowledgement: The title of this post is shamelessly stolen from a suggestion in a thread at the opensuse forums.

Security certificates are part of what we use when sending encrypted data to a server (web server, mail server, etc).

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