Originally Published: Tuesday, 8 August 2000 Author: Alexander Reelsen
Published to: news_enhance_security/Security News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Why Are Keys Certified?

[SP] Key certificates are an important element in the use of public-key cryptography (PKC). Your browser, when it visits a secure site, checks for a key certificate from a small number of commercial certificate providers. The instructions that came with PGP described how to sign keys, and explained the importance of doing so. The concept of a public-key infrastructure (PKI) refers to what is essentially a way to facilitate key certification, perhaps with government assistance.