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Jalyn Certificate Authority has been a private signator for PGP and SSL certificates for several years. We have recently introduced our services to the public market after finding that the price for certificates has continued to increase instead of decrease. This is an unacceptable trend for "Cyber-Notaries".
You can have a piece of paper notarized for an average of US$10.00 or less anywhere in the world, so we ask why the internet should be any different? A certificate authority (CA) is an authority in a network that issues and manages security credentials and public keys for message encryption. In other words, it's a third party who says you are who you say you are.
As part of a public key infrastructure(PKI), a CA checks with a registration authority (RA) to verify information provided by the requestor of a digital certificate. If the RA verifies the requestor's information, the CA can then issue a certificate. Depending on the public key infrastructure implementation, the certificate includes the owner's public key, the expiration date of the certificate, the owner's name, and other information about the public key owner. High-tech, but sounds like a notary to us.
We use 128-bit SSLv3, the standard and strongest in common use, with a 2048-bit key (most consider a 1024-bit key to be enough). And behind this is the trust of one of the oldest sites on the Internet. 128-bit SSL encryption has never been broken. According to RSA Labs, it would take a trillion-trillion years to crack using today's technology. I don't know about that, but it would certainly be a career just to get into one certificate that will have already expired. The use of 128-bit SSL certificates has become standard for e-commerce enabled web sites or any site that collects private information from users such as credit card numbers, account numbers or passwords.
We are proposing an alternative to supporting the monopoly which is driving up prices.
We will continue to sign public Server Certificates and PGP Keys at no cost. If you feel we've done a good thing for you, you can send us a donation to keep our costs covered. An authentic digital certificate from Jalyn is every bit as valid, safe and secure as Verisign(tm) or any other. But the "catch" is that our Root Certificate is not included in your browser. It's been said that you must purchase your way into it at the price of several hundred thousand U.S. dollars. That explains the $350 to $5000 price being placed on these. We won't ever entertain the idea of those prices even if we could afford it.
Because of this, a "warning" comes up that we are not listed in your browser... which may actually be a good thing. This allows you to view the certificate and accept or deny certificates "per site" or you may also install our root certificate and bypass these warnings at all sites. We have absolute reliance on popular use and the desire of people to break the monopoly.
To install our certificate into your browser, click on the image below. Netscape will open a window and start walking you through the process. Internet Explorer will open a download window - you will want to choose "Open this file from its' current location". Choose the "Install Certificate" button. We use a straight architecture without "Chaining" so there should not be any Server incompatibilities. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
For our signing services we do require certain "proof of existance" so to speak. Our procedure matches your name and email address against the WhoIs database; if there is not a match then will be required to contact us to verify your credentials manually before issuing your certificate. Please contact us here or Click here with a prepared CSR to create a certificate. Due to the nature of "Whois" servers, the process gets confused now & then. If you have any problems don't hesitate to contact us to assist you.
For those wishing a more traditional approach which does not require root installation, certificates from GeoTrust start at only US$99.00 per year... which we consider an exellent value - all things considered.