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Recommended Suppliers Thread, SSL certificate for .sch.uk domain? in Purchasing and Trading; Originally Posted by localzuk Secure web sites and services. To expand slightly. It makes the connection between the PC and ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Secure web sites and services.
    To expand slightly. It makes the connection between the PC and the server encrypted. Have you ever noticed on a website the url is https:// not http:// - This means the connection is secure.

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    I understand that but we have never had any issue with https and as far as I am aware we have never purchased an SSL cert either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homeland View Post
    I understand that but we have never had any issue with https and as far as I am aware we have never purchased an SSL cert either.
    Do you host any https sites? Or just access them?

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    Just access them the school doesn't host anything like that, Is that what the certificate is for then to access hosted sites ?? I suppose I would need one for when I have Smoothwall installed so teachers can access via the VPN, but I am led to believe that Smoothwall will create its own cert for the VPN.

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    You only need to buy one if your hosting the kit.

    Smoothwall will have a self assigned certificate, you can install this on the machines so it trusts the smoothwall box.

    You should go for direct access rather than smoothwall. The teachers just turn on the laptop connect to WIFI and the VPN connection is Automatically established.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    You should go for direct access rather than smoothwall. The teachers just turn on the laptop connect to WIFI and the VPN connection is Automatically established.
    That's what I would prefer to be honest, its amazing how much hand holding you have to do with teachers, will have to look into how this is done when it arrives unless someone has info on it already.
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    scenario for you:

    If you have an intranet that you happily use then you decided to open it up so you can access the system externally (from home for instance). If you have a https: page for logon then a "self certified" certificate will flag up big warnings to the PCs at home (since they arent on your domain so they dont understand that your server is "trusted"). A purchased SSL certificate will prevent this. Of course you can tell your teachers to ignore this warning - however this is a *bad* thing to get the teachers into the habit of doing...

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