SSL Protocol for Securing Internet Data
Are you concerned about the security of data being transmitted over the internet? Well, have no fear because SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is here! This protocol ensures that your website data is secure and your customer data is protected from any unnecessary dangers that may emerge from internet traffic.
Enabling SSL in Visual Studio 2017
In this article, we will take you through the process of enabling SSL in Visual Studio 2017. It’s easy to do and offers that added level of security that we all need in this day and age.
Step 1: Open the Project in Visual Studio 2017
First things first, open your project in Visual Studio 2017. Make sure your project is up and running before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Open Project Properties
Now that your project is open, you’ll need to right-click on your project in the Solution Explorer and select “Properties”.
Step 3: Create a Self-Signed Certificate
To enable SSL, you will need a certificate. However, if you don’t have one, you can create a self-signed certificate by clicking the “Create Self-signed Certificate” button in the SSL section of the Project Properties dialog.
Create a friendly name for your certificate, select the validity duration, then click the “OK” button.
Step 4: Enable SSL
Now that you’ve got your certificate, it’s time to enable SSL for your project. In the SSL section of the Project Properties dialog, simply click “Enable SSL”, select the certificate you just created from the dropdown, and then click “OK”. Simple as that!
Step 5: Run the Project
Testing time! After configuring your project for SSL, you’ll need to run it to make sure everything is working smoothly. Click the “Debug” button in Visual Studio 2017, and your website will open in a new browser window using https:// instead of http://.
Step 6: Trust the SSL Certificate
When you run your project for the first time after enabling SSL, you may get a warning message from your browser saying that the SSL certificate is not trusted. Don’t stress – this is only because you created a self-signed certificate. To avoid this message in the future, simply add the certificate to your browser’s trusted certificates list.
Click on “Proceed to localhost (unsafe)” or “Continue to this website (not recommended)” (depending on your browser). This will take you to the site you just created with SSL enabled. Then, select “Install certificate” (in Chrome) or “View Certificates” (in Firefox) to open the Certificate details.
Select “Install certificate” in the first dialog, then in the next dialog, choose “Local Machine”, then “Place all certificates in the following store”, and finally select “Trusted Root Certification Authorities”. Click “OK” twice to install the certificate.
In conclusion, enabling SSL in Visual Studio 2017 is an essential step to protect your website and your customer data. By following the simple steps outlined above, you too can enable SSL for your website and ensure that it’s as secure as it can be. Just remember, if you have a production website, you should use a trusted SSL certificate from a reputable Certificate Authority instead of a self-signed certificate.