Monday, August 17, 2009

How to Register an SSL Certificate

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a technology that encrypts information that is sent from a user's computer to the server. It ensures that people visiting your site have encryption when submitting private information like credit cards or social security numbers. Providing SSL on a server is the responsibility of the website owner. Registering an SSL certificate is accomplished through a valid provider.

  1. Step 1

    Register the domain name for the website. A fully qualified domain name is needed to register an SSL certificate. Several domain registries exist. Some popular ones are, and

  2. Step 2

    Verify "whois" entries are valid. SSL verification involves a background check with the person registering the certificate with the information in the Whois Directory. The Whois Directory is a registry of domain names and the owners. The domain information must be valid and public. Check your domain information at

  3. Step 3

    Generate a key by opening a new command prompt in Linux and entering the following commands:
    openssl genrsa -out 1024
    openssl req -new -key -out
    Replace "" with the name of the domain from step one. This creates a csr file needed for step four.

  4. Step 4

    Register the SSL certificate with a secure authority. The most popular company for SSL certification is Verisign. Register the certificate at The company takes your private information and checks for contact information validity for registration.

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