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Security with Certificates

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Security with certificates

Certificates can be used for:

  • Authentication, which verifies the identity of someone or something.

  • Privacy, which ensures that information is only available to the intended audience.

  • Encryption, which disguises information so that unauthorized readers are unable to decipher it.

  • Digital signatures, which provide nonrepudiation and message integrity.

These security services can be important to the security of your communications.

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