Sean,

Thanks for getting back to me!  Just a couple of things:


>> Also, if in the future I
>> want to require a successful handshake to get a certain URL, can I have
an
>> environment where for some URL's client authentication is "None" and
some
>> it's "Required"?  How would I do this?

> I'm sure you can, but I haven't done it.

Anyone else hout there done this?


>> If I have separate test and production servers on separate boxes, do I
need
>> to get two certificates, or can I use the same one on both boxes?

>If the test box is for your use and not for the public, it's possible. I
>think you need the server key as well as the certificate.  I haven't
>tried it....

The test box is also the recovery box in case our production box goes down,
so I guess I'll need two certificates.  No big deal.

>> Are any of you guys using encryption higher than 40 bit?  I keep a copy
of
>> 128 bit Netscape on my machine, but the only site I visit that uses it
is
>> my broker's.  I'm a little leery of using anything higher than 40 bit,
as
>> most PC's ship with 40 bit IE, and users are generally not very happy
when
>> you make them do things like upgrade their browsers.

> I love 128 bit encryption.  The more the merrier!  In general, a client
> will use a key as long as it supports.  128 bit just means the server
> ALLOWS up to 128 bit.  It should still accept the first 40 from a client
> that doesn't support more (although I think the new standard has changed
> to 56 from 40.)  IMHO, no-one should do any e-commerce or banking (as a
> customer) with less than 128 bit encryption.

So unless you FORCE someone to use 128 bit encryption (like my broker
does), I can buy myself a 128 bit certificate and any SSL compliant browser
will be able to communicate at whatever encryption level it can handle?
Sounds cool!  I wholeheartedly agree with not using less than 128 bit
encryption, but I also know that I can't force my users to download new
browsers.

Thanks again for all your help!
Mike Eovino
Estes Express Lines
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