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Creating Self-Signed SSL Certificates for Apache on Linux

Dec 22, 2010, 09:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"If Firesheep and other menaces have you freaked out about using unsecured connections, it's time to take matters into your own hands. In just under 20 minutes, you can create a self-signed certificate for Apache to connect to your Web site for passing any kind of sensitive information. It's easy and takes very little time to configure.

"This tutorial assumes you're going to do a self-signed certificate. Note that you can pretty much follow along with the tutorial for getting and installing a certificate via a Certificate Authority (CA), but omit the steps for generating your own self-signed cert. Generate the request, work with the CA to get the certificate, and then follow the installation and configuration steps. Self-signed vs. Certificate Authorities

"Why am I giving a guide for self-signed certs? Self-signed certificates should really only be used in a few situations — but a lot of users fit the profile for using a self-signed certificate but fail to create one and work over plain HTTP instead."

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