The digital sibling of an identification card, it is used in conjunction with a public key encryption system to identify a person. Digital certificates are issued by a third party (known as a certificate authority) and are included in the transmission of an encrypted message (to prove that the sender is the person he or she claims to be). A digital certificate is an important component in e-commerce and data security transmissions. The two most prominent companies providing digital certificate services are VeriSign and GTE.
NetLingo Classification: Net Technology
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