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What is the difference between a Self-Signed Certificate and A CA-Signed Certificate

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Updated October 3, 2017

Overview

When using SSL on the Orion Web Console, what is the difference between using a Self-Signed Certificate and a CA-Signed Certificate?

Environment

  • Orion Platform, all versions

Detail

When securing a website using HTTPS, you need to use an SSL certificate. There are two type of SSL certificates.

  • Self-signed certificates generated by the NPM server itself
  • Certificates that are signed by a CA (Certificate Authority) 

 

SolarWinds does not recommend using a Self-signed certificate if your web console will be public-facing.

 

Both certificates provide data encryption. The main difference is that a CA-signed certificate is an authorized certificate issued by trustworthy certificate authority. 

 

 

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