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What are digital certificates?
Posted by Diego Cousinet on 28 February 2011 08:57 AM

A digital certificate is an electronic "passport" that authenticates a web site when doing business or other transactions on the Web. It is issued by a certification authority, such as Entrust and Verisign. It contains, amongst other things, the name, a serial number, expiration dates and the digital signature of the certification authority, so that a recipient can verify that the certificate is genuine.

The two indicators that a website is running on a secure server is that:

  • The http: in the address bar changes to https:
  • And a small padlock appears in the bottom right status bar of your browser.
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