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signing your own ssl certificate

Discussion in 'Plesk for Linux - 8.x and Older' started by ilustrate, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. ilustrate

    ilustrate Guest

    i enabled ssl on a site that i will commence e-commerce sales shortly and wanted to ask a quick question. do i really need to purchase an ssl certificate? i will be running paypal as the payment gateway and i assume paypals network is highly secure. i feel that their is a need for ssl during the initial customer information capture but wanted to know if i could just sign the certificate myself since it would just tecnically just be encrypting a couple pages at most. maybe a my account section but i assume everything else would be handled by paypal. is this correct? can i just sign the certificate some way and get the box to dissapear?
  2. jamesyeeoc

    jamesyeeoc Guest

    You don't *have* to.... But to give a better 'appearance' to your business, you probably should. Afterall, if you are running a commerce site for profit, the cost of a cert is really not that much.
    Highly secure.. hmmm, should I even go there? My opinion is that the only site which would be absolutely 100% secure is the one which is non-existent. Any lock or barrier can be broken given enough time, ingenuity, and resources. Can PayPal legitimately claim that they have *never* been hacked into, ever? With a clear conscience and with the wrath of God to answer to if they lie? LOL
    You can self-sign, but that will not prevent a warning box from appearing on the browser. Self-signed certificates are perfectly legitimate for the encryption, but getting the average user to believe that it is really 'safe' is another thing. With all the publicity about safe-surfing, I have found many users to be a lot more cautious than in years past. Now if they would only take the same care in opening emails and clicking on bogus Paypal, Citibank, and other links...
  3. poke

    poke Guest

    Yeah, I report "spoofs" to abuse@paypal almost on a daily basis :eek: