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There's two things encryption does: it makes interception of communications harder. Text sent in the clear is trivially easy to 'pick up' by anyone on the communication path you're using. If you 'have nothing to hide' then this may seem irrelevant, but bear in mind that there are plenty of unscrupulous types out there who are prepared to use personal ...


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The question is, assuming you've decided which CA's (Certificate Authorities) to trust, how do you get their certs. If you trust "Starfield Services Root Certificate Authority - G2" and you want to know if you should trust the hypothetical ""Starfield Services Root Certificate Authority - G3" (for example), you do have to "get it from the horse's mouth" as ...


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You would usually want to compare the "thumbprint" of the certificates. That is what is used in code when evaluating whether the certificate being presented matches an existing certificate in a repository of white listed certificates. Using this mechanism, you would typically want to trust the certificate of the authority so any certificate that is issued ...



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