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How to Secure Your Control Panel with an SSL Certificate - Plesk 10

To secure your control panel with an SSL certificate:

Go to Tools & Utilities > SSL Certificates (in the Resources group). A list of SSL certificates that you have in your repository will be displayed.

Click Add SSL Certificate.

Specify the certificate properties:

Certificate name. This will help you identify this certificate in the repository.

Encryption level. Choose the encryption level of your SSL certificate. We recommend that you choose a value more than 1024 bit.

Specify your location and organization name. The values you enter should not exceed the length of 64 symbols.

Specify the host name for which you wish to purchase an SSL certificate. For example: your-domain.com

Enter your e-mail address.

Make sure that all the provided information is correct and accurate, as it will be used to generate your private key.

Click Request. Your private key and certificate signing request will be generated and stored in the repository.

In the list of certificates, click the name of the certificate you need. A page showing the certificate properties opens.

Locate the CSR section on the page, and copy the text that starts with the line

and ends with the line

to the clipboard.

Visit the website of the certification authority from which you want to purchase an SSL certificate, and follow the links on their site to start a certificate ordering procedure. When you are prompted to specify CSR text, paste the data from the clipboard into the online form and click Continue. The certification authority will create an SSL certificate in accordance with the information you supplied.

When you receive your SSL certificate, save it on your local machine or network.
Return to the SSL Certificates repository (Settings > SSL Certificates).

Click Browse in the middle of the page and navigate to the location of the saved certificate. Select it, and then click Send File. This will upload the certificate to the repository.

Select the checkbox corresponding to the certificate you just added, and click Secure control panel.