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The Dirty Little Secret About SSL Certificates

The dirty little secret about SSL certificates is that:

Anyone can become a certificate authority.

The tools to become a certificate authority, and therefore to publish your own SSL certificates, is included in a wide variety of systems – chances are if you have an Ubuntu or CentOS install you already have the capability of becoming an SSL certificate authority via OpenSSL.


The situation is: you have an web application or URL that you would like to force your users (or yourself) to use the secure https protocol rather than the unencrypted http protocol. This is easy to do with Apache and .htaccess. Create or add to the .htaccess file in the root of the web directory […]


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Google Gmail, Docs, Apps and Reader Secured

For Firefox and Opera only: Use the Google Secure Pro Greasemonkey script to force these Google programs to use SSL in your browser. It changes any accesses via http to https which is supported by Google, this secures your connection between your browser and Google’s servers. If you do any type of work using Google’s […]


Apache’s mod_proxy module is simply one of the best Apache modules out there. With it, you can do all sorts of things that you usually would not be able to do if you are behind a firewall or other limited network situations. A problem that recently came up for me was how Microsoft Outlook Web […]