Chapter 20. Installing and Using Digital Certificates

What Are Digital Certificates? 672

Obtaining a Personal Certificate 678

Managing Your Certificates 681

Digital certificates (sometimes called digital IDs, public key certificates, or, more simply, certificates) are an important component of security in Microsoft Windows. Although they're widely used, they're seldom seen and little understood. In short, a certificate is a record that's used for authentication (that is, for proving one's identity), encryption (scrambling the content of sensitive documents to keep out prying eyes), or both.

Certificates are a basic component of the public key infrastructure (PKI). As such, a certificate securely links the value of a public key to the user, computer, ...

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