Figure 8-2. VeriSign’s Digital ID Center opened for business during the summer of 1996
VeriSign distributes digital certificates (called digital IDs by VeriSign) from its web site. As of December 1996, the web site could create digital certificates for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, and RSA’s Secure MIME format (see Figure 8.3).
Figure 8-3. The VeriSign certificate creation process consists of six steps:
The VeriSign certificate creation process consists of six steps:
You select a Class 1 Digital ID or a Class 2 Digital ID. (For an explanation of these classes, see “VeriSign’s Class System” later in this chapter.)
You provide identifying information to establish who you claim to be. For a Class 1 Digital ID, VeriSign requires:
First name or alias
Only the email address is validated.
For a Class 2 digital ID, VeriSign requires:
Mailing address: street name and number
Apartment or unit number
State or province
Zip code or postal code
Date of birth
Social security ...