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Appendix F. Security, Certificates, and Validation

Appendix F. Security, Certificates, and Validation

After dealing with so many IE security patches, I simply can’t believe how solid and secure Firefox is. Firefox’s default security and privacy options (described in Chapter 2, “Protecting Your Security and Privacy”) will work for maybe 95–98% of all users. But if you’re the kind of person who wants the maximum in program security, this appendix tells you how to set some additional security options and work with digital certificates.

Digital certificates (or certificates) are a kind of digital passport used by your browser to uniquely identify web servers. The certificate is usually issued by a certificate authority (CA) that is recognized as an independent and trustworthy issuing organization. VeriSign is probably the best-known CA, but there are many others.


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