Posted by DFM on Feb 11, 2014
Equifax secure certificate authority

Equifax secure certificate authority

Equifax secure certificate authorityAn entity that issues digital certificates is called certificate authority. The certificate authority is a trusted third party. Both the party relying upon it and the owner (subject) of the certificate trust the certificate authority. Many PKI (public key infrastructure) schemes use certificate authorities. Ubiquity is the number of applications, devices and web browsers that trust a certain certificate authority. There are certificate authorities that are trusted by web browsers automatically. Commercial certificate authorities charge to issue them. Besides commercial certificate authorities, there are also providers that issue free digital certificates. Government entities and large institutions usually have their own certificate authorities. Digital certificates issued by a certificate authority contain the owner’s identity and a public key. There is also a matching private key that is kept secret by the person that generated the last key pair. A digital certificate is a validation or confirmation by the certificate authority that the certificate’s public key actually belongs to the server, person, organization or any other entity that is indicated in the certificate. The obligation of the certificate authority is to verify the credentials of an applicant. That way the relying parties and users can trust the CA’s certificates’ information. A root certification authority uses different tests and standards to do that. In short, the responsibility of a certificate authority is to verify that a particular person is who they claim to be. Equifax secure certificate authority is a root certificate authority that is required for some e-mail servers. It is required when using the command Send E-mail and the command Send E-mail with Attachment. Equifax secure certificate authority will be required to validate GeoTrust SSL certificates in the future. It might be used as a component of cross certification as well. This root certificate authority has to be a part of root stores in the future.