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Digital certificates are electronic 'credit cards' that establish your credentials when doing business or other transactions on the Web. It is issued by a certification authority (CA). It contains your name, a serial number, expiration dates, a copy of the certificate holder's public key (used for encrypting messages and digital signatures), and the digital signature of the certificate-issuing authority so that a recipient can verify that the certificate is real. Some digital certificates conform to a standard, X.509. Digital certificates can be kept in registries so that authenticating users can look up other users' public keys.

Classes of digital certificate: • The class 1 defines the certificate that do not hold any legal validity as the validation process is based only on a valid email ID and involves no direct verification.

•The class 2 category states that a person's identity is to be verified against a trusted,pre-verified database.

•The class 3 requires the person present himself or herself in front of the registration authority and prove his or her identity.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Certificado de clave pública para niños

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