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SSL Certificate - Needced on a Staging Site

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I am trying to figure out if I need a separate SSL certificate for my stageing site - mysite.staging.com.  If in .Net, I set my project properties to publish to an SSL Url, with the traffic between my site and the browser be encrypted even if I do not purchase a separate ssl certificate for the staging site?

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8/22/2022 - Mon
kadadi_v

Have you purchased the Wild-card SSL certificate..?

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no
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My question is not whether I can use a wild-card SSL certificate - it is without any certificate at all, if I publish to an SSL Url, is my content encrypted - even though there is no certificate testifying that it has been secured - i.e.  is obtaining and using the certificate part an essential part of making the communications secure.
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This may be true - but it does not answer my question.
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I am planning on moving a site from one service provider to another.  Before making the move, I would like to create a staging site on the new service provider.  Before making the final move of my main site, will my staging site on the new provider be secure while I do testing - or will I need to purchase an SSL certificate in order to make it secure even though I publish to an SSL URL (port).
kadadi_v

Without SSL certificate purchased from CA ( Certificate Authorities ) you can not use the https URL.
And yes you can if you can use the  self signed-certificate but it gives the error when you browse.

Difference :
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/15189.difference-between-self-signed-ssl-certificate-authority.aspx

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Thank you VK - this is the info that I am looking for - I guess I do need a certificate in order to make communications secure - but for testing on a staging server in the cloud, self-signed would do the trick?

"Self-signed certificate encrypt the data but flunk to retain customer on site due to error message regarding risky behavior of web site."

"In Self-signed certificate private key is shared between third party and end user while in signed certificate private key is kept with end user and not shared with anyone."
gheist

cacert is good and it bores your eyes if you try to mix test infrastructure with normal infrastructure.
Najam Uddin

Apart from self signed certificate you can try tricking your browser by mapping domain name to required ip in host file of system. I am not 100% sure but it might work.
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Thanks