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we have a web service hosted in our servers but we would like to host it over a secure https server for demo purposes to be used by our clients. Security is crucial as our clients will need to upload their sensitive data there. Does anyone know if we can purchase for a month or so a secure https domain in amazon web services, or microsoft azure or maybe another recommended company? Do you know if we need to also purchase certificates etc? As I said this is to run for a limited amount of time for demo purposes but we need the security.

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As far as I know, the SSL certificates are issued for at least 1 year. Why don't you use a self signed certificate for testing purposes?

Thanks, Flores

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how do we go about doing that? –  Dimitris Oct 15 '10 at 9:19
    
Here is a good tutorial here: xenocafe.com/tutorials/self_signed_cert_IIS/… –  Flores Oct 15 '10 at 9:24
    
For IIS7 you can find information here: technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc753127(WS.10).aspx –  Flores Oct 15 '10 at 9:26
    
Thanks but we actually want to host the website somewhere else outside our company. Any ideas if amazon offers that kind of service? –  Dimitris Oct 15 '10 at 9:26
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With amazon you will have access to a virtual server, just like your own server. You will be able to do anything on it. –  Flores Oct 15 '10 at 9:30

You can use a self-signed certificate for your domain name while testing or you could try one of the many Certificate Authorities who will issue you a free Trial Certificate for 21-30 days. Just enter trial ssl certificate into your favourite search engine and you'll find an issuer.

All Certificate Authorities are pretty much the same but some offer more expensive "EV SSL" certificates which have added browser integration such as turning your entire address bar green.

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thanks good info there. –  Dimitris Oct 15 '10 at 9:44

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