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Generating a CSR and private key on your 4D Webstar server allows you to obtain an SSL certificate from a trusted Certificate Authority. SSL certificates enable HTTPS communication to your server, providing several important benefits. HTTPS secures the data transmitted between clients and your server. It helps protect against potential eavesdropping or man-in-the-middle attacks.
The CA ensures that the SSL certificate is only issued to you by validating your domain control through the CSR. This keeps your private key secure on your server, while the CA only sees the information in the CSR. Having a valid SSL certificate improves trust and security for your website visitors. Browsers will show a padlock lock for HTTPS sites, indicating the page is secure.
Securing your online presence with an SSL certificate is fundamental to modern digital communication. If you’re ready to embark on this journey, follow these straightforward steps to generate your Certificate Signing Request (CSR) using OpenSSL:
Open the Terminal on your system, serving as your gateway to executing OpenSSL commands.
Navigate to a directory where you intend to store your SSL certificate documents. For instance, you could create a dedicated folder named “SSL certificate” on your Desktop and navigate to this location.
Run the following command in the Terminal:
openssl req -new -newkey rsa:2048 -nodes -keyout yourdomain.key -out your domain.csr
During this process, you’ll be prompted to provide your contact details. Here’s how to fill in the required information:
As you execute the OpenSSL command, it generates both your CSR and private key files. Remember that the private key file is essential for decrypting your SSL certificate.
Open the CSR file using a text editor and copy its contents. During the SSL certificate order process, you must paste these contents into the corresponding field.