ITS4109 - Self-Signed Certificates

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Self-signed SSL/TLS certificates are typically used for the following reasons:

  • Testing environments
  • When a CA is not present or an organization doesn't want to spend resources creating their own CA.
  • When an organization doesn't want to spend the money on a known CA such as GoDaddy, Verisign, Thawte, etc.

Before the Zeus Books website goes online, you have to test the website you created in Week 2 using a self-signed certificate on the Login page only. (attached)

On the basis of your understanding of the above topic, create a 3- to 4page report in a Microsoft Word document addressing the following:

  • Screenshot showing that the Login page is using a self-signed certification. Be sure to include a screenshot of the certificate details window (one page).
  • Description of how the three major web browsers—Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome present SSL/TLS certificates differently to the end user (two pages).
  • Summary of the importance of a SSL/TLS certificate for websites (one page).

Submission Details:

  • Support your responses with examples.
  • Cite any sources in APA format.

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School: Carnegie Mellon University

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Self-Signed Certificates



Self-Signed Certificates
Screenshot showing that the login space is using a self-signed certification. Be sure to
include a screenshot of the certificate details window

Self-signed certification is a term in cryptography and computer security implying
that, it is an identity certificate that is signed by the same entity whose identity it certifies.
Using a self-signed certificate an individual can navigate to whatever address is using it that
the web browser will warn them that it is unsafe. When a browser is connected to a server the
server presents its certificate to the client. The verification of certificates is achieved by the
client checking the domain that is accessing is the same as mentioned in the certificate.
For my case I used a self-signed certificate to test the web I created. To be able to
create an SSL connection between my web adaptor and my server, the web server requires an
SSL certificate. This is a digital file which contains the encryption techniques to be used
when establishing a secure channel between the web server and the web adaptor server.
Mostly self-signed certificates are created by their owners and signed.
To secure my website with the self-signed certificate I needed to generate one first.
To do so, I went to the websites & domain, and clicked SSL certificates>Add SSL



Certificate. I filled out the filled marked with asterisk symbol (*), and identified the

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