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Tech Tip: SSL made simple with 4D Business Kit
PRODUCT: 4D Business Kit | VERSION: 1.0 | PLATFORM: Mac OS X
Published On: April 25, 2002

Obtaining a certificate can be something of a challenge: prior to the significant price you have to shell out for a digital certificate, you have to embrace the challenges and difficulties of generating one. Now with the 4D Business Kit, we can say "No more" to that, well, at least the latter can be taken care by 4DBK.

4D Business Kit will allow you to create your own digital certificate using either a 40-bit or 128-bit encryption. The ease of this process is evident in the form you need to fill out. Follow the instructions on the form and you will be connecting to your secure site in no time!

To create a new digital certificate, select "Generate a SSL certificate…" from the "Tools" menu.

1) Fill out the first section. This is for your identification information that will be in the certificate.
Note: Spell out the city and state completely, do not abbreviate!

2) Select either 40-bit or 128-bit encryption by pressing on the blue button located just to the left of the choices. After doing so, the requested certificate will appear in the boxes below.

3) Select either Verisign or Thawte as the certification authority to generate your certificate. At this time, you will notice that one of the boxes contain the RSA private key, while the other contains the Certificate request. The Certificate request should be highlighted. You will want to re-highlight this selection by placing the mouse cursor in the box, click once, and press Command + A (Mac OS), or Control + A (Windows). Next, press Command + C (Mac OS), or Control + C (Windows) to copy the contents into the clipboard.

4) Click on the "Go to the web site of the certificate authority" to proceed. At this stage, you should see an application for certificate from either Verisign or Thawte. You will have a chance to paste the contents onto the Web site to generate your certificate.

5) Once you've filled out the pertinent information, you will receive the certificate via e-mail, or it will be displayed on the Web page. Copy this to the clipboard and paste it in the field of the Certificate request, from which you have just copied. Save the parameters and close the dialog box.

You have just generated your new SSL Certificate!