The Basics Of Microsoft Word Certificate Products

There is an ever increasing need to be able to secure information that is being transmitted online. As per the definition of SSL, and the most recent version of TLS or Transport Layer Security, it is possible to provide full protection for an entire website as well as for emails.

To secure a website, including domains and subdomains Comodo, the world's leading Trust Provider, is able to offer a range of different SSL/TLS products. This includes individual domain certificates at the domain, organization and extended validation levels. We also provide Wildcards, Multi-Domain/SAN and UC certificates that can be used to protect multiple domains and subdomains on the same product, ideal for more complex websites and systems.

There are also specific types of SSL/TLS products than can be used by individuals or companies requiring additional security for email and documents sent via email or through clients to servers.

Most often this is used to protect documents that are provided to an end user via a web server. In other words, the documents are not sent through an email and then are downloaded and opened on the user's computer. To save time, or for easy use for those using mobile devices, it is possible to open up Microsoft Office documents in the web server.

However, this level of accessibility opens the door to potential issues for security breaches. To avoid the risk of having a third party (a man-in-the-middle attack) or to prevent unauthorized access to the Microsoft Office documents it is possible to set up a Microsoft Word certificate, which will work with all Microsoft Office products.

How it Works

The answer to this issue is provided by the Comodo Microsoft Word certificate option. This provides a certificate for the user that also includes a password and login combination that is unique to that user.

With the combination of the password/login and the certificate what is known as a two-factor authentication is established. This is the same type of security and protection that is found for banking systems online and even for accessing documents and contracts sent over the internet through the server.

The Microsoft Word certificate, which can also be called a digital client certificate uses PKI or public key infrastructure, a set of protocols that are used to create and managed all digital certificates. This PKI is also essential if a certificate needs to be revoked by the Certificate Authority (CA). The Public Key Infrastructure links or binds the specific identity of a user to a certificate granted by the CA, allowing the CA to vouch or validate the user as authentic.

For large organizations with multiple employees or individuals accessing the data, having an easy enrollment process will be a critical factor. With just a few quick steps new users can set up their enrollment to obtain the Comodo Microsoft Word certificate. This starts with logging on with the existing username (sign-on ID) and their password.

Then, there will be a form that is displayed where the user will add a contact phone number or numbers as well as an email address. The next form will allow the user to have their own digital certificate that immediately provides the information needed by the server to recognize the user.

The user will then agree to the certificate by clicking the agree button and submit. Our system will then immediately provide the certificate and download it to the device or computer, with no additional technical activities required by the user.

The Benefits

Once the Microsoft Word certificate or any other digital authentication certificate is installed on the device, the next log on procedure will be to provide the username and password. If the user is logging on using a different device, he or she will choose a contact number set in the enrollment and receive a code that allows one-time access and also prompts to set a certificate from the new device as well.

Remember, the Microsoft Word certificate stays with the device, not the user. However, it is possible to store the certificate on smart cards or on zip USB drives to have the certificate available when using multiple devices not typically used on the system.

With the added protection this offers, as well as the security factor of the two-factor authentication, concerns about accessing information via web servers cease to be an issue. To learn more about how the Comodo products will work with your business, see us online at https://www.instantssl.com or give us a call today at +1 888 266 6361.

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