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Re: Secure Forms
From P@t on 01 June '98
adding to Secure Forms posted by Jim

>First, the most likely reason that the window pops
>up is that your hosting service has botched the
>job of setting it up on the server. For example,
>if the certificate is made out to www.domain.com but
>your server admin people have set it up on domain.com
>then the URL and the certificate won't match,
>and the warning message will pop up. There's
>nothing you can do about this except complain to
>your hosting people.

no, no, no. The deal is that some hosting
services provides free access to a secure
server. (like olm.net does) but, under
https://yourname.com
instead of
http://hostingservice.com/yourname/secureform.htm

ex. is http://www.valueweb.net

you can get the free secure server but
unless you want to pay for your own cert
you can use theirs in the mean time
(read their faq, it explains to just tell
visitors to click past the window, which is dumb)
I think the OLM method is much better
just put you on their domain in a sub dir
is alot easier.

>As far as certificate cost goes, I'm in the process
>of getting my own, and I've discovered that a
>Thawte certificate costs $125 for exactly the same
>thing as Verisign charges $349 for. However,
>you'll have to add charges for your osting people
>to set it up for you, and they'll probably want to
>choose which certificate to use. They'll package the
>cost together, so it's irrelevant how much the
>actual certificate costs.

Ya thawte.com is cheaper than verisign,
but that's competition for ya.

Just wait until Network Solutions loses
their contract and you can get LIFETIME
domains for $50 bucks and a dozens different
domain names besides .com .net and .org


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