Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Here is what I have learned about SSL certificates for a web server. You generate a CSR (certificate signing request), and a private key on your box. You send the CSR to the CA (certificate authority) and they send you a Certificate. You are supposed to be careful to guard your private key. It is the key to validating your identity.

When generating the key you have to choose the key length. Generally your choices are 512, 1024, and 2048. 1024 bits are the most popular ones in use for commercial transactions. Most respectable sites use 128 bit encryption.

Certificates are only good for a certain amount of time, usually a year. CA usually charge between $50 and $800. Verisign and Thawte are the two most respected CAs.
You can view a sites certificate details in IE by double clicking the lock icon in lower right corner on status bar. In IE, you can view the CA's that your browser trusts by going to Tools->Internet Options -> Content (tab) -> Certificates -> Trusted Root Certification Authorities.

Consider buying the certificate from the ISP you use. I bought mine from another source and when I had problems the CA didn't support installation, and my ISP blamed the CA's certificate. In the end I used my ISP and the Plesk interface made it relatively simple.

Monday, May 10, 2004

I have been doing research on Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
here is a tutorial and the link is optimized for search engines: Free search engine optimization tutorial
google guidelines
article on slashdot about (SEO) contest

Thursday, May 06, 2004

I am using redhat 9 on my web server. Since Redhat is dropping support for up2date I decided to install yum. I downloaded to my server through lynx and then installed it as well as some dependent packages. The command to run yum manually is:
# yum update

checks for updates
# yum check-update

Fedora Legacy Project Anouncements

I also started using ftp over ssh.
Linux Security FAQ

Monday, May 03, 2004

Today I got a business license. It was only $8.50 for Jefferson County, AL. I needed it to open a business bank account. Since the business is an LLC, and I am not the sole owner, I have to turn in vouchers every month for occupational tax. Also i have to remember to renew it in October. In October the amount wil be based on the previous year's reciepts.

I also applied online for an EIN, which is a social security number for a business.

Sunday, May 02, 2004

On my Linux box I use the last command to check to make sure no one has logged on. I noticed that the log was cleared on the first of the month and found out that it is reset based on parameters in this config file... /etc/logrotate.conf