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Insecure SSL Warning

One of the most common inqueries from new VPS customers is in relation to "Insecure VPS Connections". This article is a brief overview of the misinformed error.

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My connection is "Not Private", "Untrusted", "Security Problem".

If you are connecting to your VPS's Control Panel for the first time via SSL (https), you're more than likely going to see a message similar to the title. Here are a few screen shots from different browsers with examples of the message.

Firefox

Internet Explorer

Chrome

Opera

This is not an error or security issue with your VPS.

All new VPS's are created with Self-Signed Certificates installed to ensure SSL capibilities. The message you are seeing is due to connecting to your VPS via a Self-Signed Certificate. It's normal and ok to proceed past the error, accepting the certificate to gain access to your VPS.

Self-signed SSL certificates

In cryptography and computer security, a self-signed certificate is an identity certificate that is signed by the same entity whose identity it certifies. This term has nothing to do with the identity of the person or organization that actually performed the signing procedure. In technical terms a self-signed certificate is one signed with its own private key. More specific clarification and details of Self-Signed Certificates can be found in the Self-Signed Certificate Wikipedia Article.

security/ssl/why-is-my-brand-new-vps-insecure-ssl-warning.txt · Last modified: 2018/02/23 14:59 by Daniel P.