OT: is it possible for an individual (not a business) to get a valid SSL certificate

Curtis Maurand curtis at lamere.net
Thu Jul 26 15:32:55 UTC 2001

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Like Magic, there's the Microsoft Logo (roughly).  Just make one up.


On Thu, 26 Jul 2001, Jim Mercer wrote:

> On Thu, Jul 26, 2001 at 11:13:38AM -0400, Andrew Brown wrote:
> > >as such, i can likely get an SSL certificate with just my passport, drivers
> > >license (as a secondary piece of documentation) and a letter deeming me as
> > >responsible for the domainname (as my name does not actually exist as the
> > >registrant, but i am the admin contact).
> >
> > a letter from whom to whom?  a company that places faith in a letter
> > they ask you to write yourself is just poor in my eyes.
> >
> >  me:	i need to do so-and-so.
> >  them:	and how do we know you're qualified to do that?
> >  me:	i have a letter that i wrote to myself that says i am.
> >  them:	oh, very well.
> >
> > sounds...flimsy.
> yes/no.
> this is standard practice for the domain registrars, and other elements of
> business.
> i'm often required to send a letter on "letterhead".
> i don't have letterhead, let alone an identifying logo for any of my companies.
> so, i just put the company name in big letters at the top of the letter,
> date it, sign it.

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