Self-signed or CA certificates

You and your partners should decide whether to use self-signed certificates or certificates from a third-party certificate authority. Consider the following when deciding:

  • Self-signed certificates are easily created. The primary disadvantage is lack of verification by a trusted third party.
  • The primary advantage of CA certificates is that the identity of the certificate holder is verified by a trusted third party. Disadvantages include the extra cost and administrative effort.
  • A CA provides a centralized source for posting and obtaining information about certificates, including information about revoked certificates.

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