SSL certificates are gatekeepers of internet security. These digital entities secure information by performing the two following functions:
Encryption: SSL certificates encrypt data in transit using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) technology. This means the communication between you and the website you've reached out to remains absolutely private.
Authentication: SSL certificates certify the validity of an organization so you can be sure that you've reached the correct website and feel safe sharing any private information.
SSL certificates are generally issued by trusted third parties called Certificate Authorities (CAs), which ensure that a website is legitimate.
SSL certificates can also be issued within an organization itself, meaning you can generate your own certificates using tools such as OpenSSL or Keytool. Such certificates are called self-signed certificates. While it might appear quite easy and safe to use your own certificates, there is a huge amount of risk involved with self-signed certificates. But when you're the master of your own private keys, how could they not be safe?
Here's why you shouldn't use self-signed certificates on your websites:
If you're using self-signed certificates on your websites, you have to run a scan, filter the self-signed certificates, and replace them with certificates issued by a trusted CA. Although this process is daunting and error-prone, an automated certificate management solution can remove all the hassle.
Key Manager Plus, a web-based SSH key and SSL certificate management solution, simplifies the entire process. Using Key Manager Plus you can:
In addition, Key Manager Plus is integrated with the CA Let's Encrypt, so you can acquire Let's Encrypt certificates and install them on your websites directly from Key Manager Plus. That way, Key Manager Plus breaks down the whole process of filtering and replacing self-signed certificates into a few simple steps. Click here to learn more about our Let's Encrypt integration.
So go ahead and click here to give the trial version of Key Manager Plus a shot! If you have any questions or need assistance, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.