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Sun 17 Jul 2005
Category : Technology/thawte.txt
Right after making that last post, I realised I forgot to mention Thawte. You can get a free cert for use with mail from Thawte, as did almost everyone who has ever sent me signed messages.
But the Thawte application is a tortuous process. After about ten pages, I get to the page to download my cert and hit a ".exe cannot be downloaded" error. Seems like you've got to use Mozilla download it but the page warns that you've got to use the same browser throughout the whole process. I remember vaguely that I've done this before. It's the .exe that shuts my brain.
There's got be a more Mac-like way.
There should be this democratisation of the process. Buy a cert for each company or organisation and then use it to vouch for the people in it, using tools like the Certificate Assistant.
Maybe Apple should get into this business and offer certs as part of the .Mac experience and tie it into the Certificate Assistant, because frankly, if I have to pay for a cert each year, it makes no difference whether I pay freessl or Apple, so it might as well go to Apple.