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Can I create my own ssl certificate?

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Why should I buy an ssl certificate from a CA like ssl.com or any other company for that matter?
asked Nov 2, 2012 in SSL Certificates by Jason Moran (820 points)

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You can create, install, and use your own certificate (called a self-signed certificate) but it won't be trusted by anyone's browsers. In fact ugly popups or a warning page will be sure to deter visitors from proceeding onto your site.

Self signed ssl certificates are useful for testing and development purposes, but I would advise against using those certificates in production environments for the reasons listed above. That's why you buy from a CA like ssl.com or other trusted authority. They are trusted by all browsers, and their issued ssl certificates will not result in warnings from browsers.
answered Nov 2, 2012 by Leo Grove (1,890 points)

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