SSL Security – Self-Signed vs. Certificate Authority

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With security breaches on the rise, business websites should have a high level of security to earn the trust of their customers. E-commerce websites are more prone to cyber-attacks. According to IBM, 1.5 million cyber-attacks were registered in 2013. CSID provides a more in-depth analysis of security breaches: according to CSID, the financial ssl securityindustry (dealing with credit and debit cards) experienced 62% of cyber attacks, followed by the health sector where cyber-attacks cost $233 per lost record. To securely process data online, SSL security is a necessity for businesses.

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a security protocol that secures the data of millions of individuals on the internet every day. It provides a secure link between a client (a browser or an email client) and a server (a website or a mail server). The SSL security protocol determines the variables of the encryption for the data and the link. To keep your server data secure, you need to create a security certificate. There are two options: you can create a self-signed certificate or get a certificate from a Certificate Authority such as Verisign.

SSL Security: Self-Signed Certificate vs. Signed Certificate from a CA

Security-wise, both certificates work in the same way. They enable you to create sites that are inaccessible to third parties. Data transferred through an SSL or HTTPS connection is encrypted to provide a high level of security. The difference lies in getting customers’ trust. A certificate from a CA implies that your website is secure as it is certified by a trusted source. CAs such as Verisign verify the ownership of the domain and even check the trustworthiness of the business before issuing an SSL security certificate. That is why customers trust Verisign certificates when providing sensitive information such as credit card details to E-commerce sites.

Security certificates from a Certificate Authority do not come free: you have to pay for an SSL security certificate. To optimize costs, you can use a self-signed certificate whenever possible. For instance, web pages that do not require credit card information or sensitive data can be handled with a self-signed certificate. More specifically, when developers are working on a secure website, they can test the site using a self-signed SSL security certificate. You don’t have to pay extra bucks for your in-house procedures.

SSL Security: Secure Access with Parallels RAS

With Parallels Remote Application Server, you can easily generate a self-signed certificate or create a request for a certificate from a Certificate Authority at both the Gateway and High Availability Load Balancer layers. The process is simple and quick. You can configure the certificate from within the Parallels Client Secure Gateway to accept connections from Parallels clients over SSL. Parallels provides detailed guides with screenshots to walk you through this process.

While prioritizing security, Parallels RAS provides a comprehensive VDI solution to effectively monitor and manage your entire infrastructure at a cost-effective price.


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SSL Security: What is an SSL Certificate? | Global Sign

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Sean Bianco is the marketing documentalist and technical writer at Parallels. With a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and Networking and a three year background in software quality assurance testing and usability engineering, Sean is a subject matter expert in mobility and smartphone, app and device management. He is well-versed in developing technical articles and determining market trends. His excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with emphasis on understanding relationships between technical problems, result in sound and effective business solutions.