Just the latest example why the SSL certificate industry is widely regarded as shady and has such a bad reputation. Not the first time either that Symantec or Comodo are in the news because of their sloppy security practises. There are rumours that Symantec and other companies want to sell their SSL businesses as quickly as possible.
Let’s hope that the awesome work of Let’s Encrypt will accelerate the extinction of these shady and insecure Certificate Authorities. I predict that the launch of wildcard certificates will be the last nail to the coffin of the CA business model. And with it, the begginning of the end for these dishonest and untrustworthy practices.
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You don’t have to buy the license yourself and the instance is almost instantly available. A great option especially when you only need the VPS for a limited amount of time. That being said, I would love to see an option to use your own license. But I guess this is a no-go, as Microsoft would need to open their internal systems to third parties and offer some kind of API to check for license validity.
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