Free, trusted SSL certificates

SSL-padlockSSL certificates, in case you don’t already know, are the mechanism by which one can secure the connection between a user and a web site – they are the “keys” to establishing a secure connection between the endpoints so that transmitted data can’t be intercepted.

As someone who’s frequently spinning up Linux VMs to use as servers to provide services to my users, I have to be concerned about such security in instances where the services will be accessed by the outside world. Typically, I’ll simply generate a self-signed certificate from the server itself which, while providing security, also means that the user has to cope with the browser-generated security warning every time they visit the site.

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