Public-Key Cryptography

Bates College Certificate Authority (CA)

To encourage the use of SSL for encrypting services like web servers and e-mail we have established our own certificate authority (CA).

Uses for Bates signed certificates

A certificate signed by Bates is useful for the following things:

  • Digitally signing e-mail
  • Encrypting e-mail
  • Securing traffic to and from a server (e.g. web server over SSL)

Certificates for e-mail clients

Thunderbird supports the use of SSL certificates for digitally signing and encrypting e-mail.  If you would like to enable this feature in your e-mail client you must request a certificate. Please review the configuration documentation for Thunderbird.


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