CSR Generation for Mac OS X Yosemite
A Certificate Signing Request (CSR) is a block of encoded text that is generated on the server where the certificate will be installed. It contains information that will be included in the certificate such as the organization name, common name (domain name), locality, and country. The CSR is then used to request a signed SSL certificate from a Certificate Authority (CA).
Mac OS X Yosemite is the eleventh major release of the Mac OS X operating system. It is the successor to OS X Mavericks and was released to the public on October 16, 2014. Yosemite includes a number of security features such as App Sandbox, which isolates applications from each other and from the system, and Gatekeeper, which helps protect users from malicious software by only allowing applications from the Mac App Store and identified developers to be installed.
Step-by-Step Guide to CSR Generation for Mac OS X Yosemite
Generating a CSR on Mac OS X Yosemite is a straightforward process. Here are the steps to follow:
- Open the Keychain Access application.
- Select the “Keychain Access” menu, then select “Certificate Assistant” and “Request a Certificate from a Certificate Authority.”
- Enter your email address in the “User Email Address” field.
- Enter the “Common Name” for the certificate. This should be the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the server where the certificate will be installed.
- Select the “Saved to disk” option and click “Continue.”
- Enter a filename for the CSR and click “Save.”
- The CSR will be saved to the specified location. It can now be submitted to the Certificate Authority for signing.
Security Recommendations for Mac OS X Yosemite
Mac OS X Yosemite includes a number of security features, but there are still some steps that can be taken to further secure the system. Here are some recommendations:
- Enable FileVault to encrypt the hard drive. This will help protect data in the event that the system is stolen or compromised.
- Enable the Firewall to help protect the system from malicious network traffic.
- Install anti-virus software to help protect the system from malicious software.
- Keep the system up to date with the latest security patches.
- Use strong passwords and enable two-factor authentication when available.
- Disable unnecessary services and applications.
- Regularly back up important data.
By following these recommendations, you can help ensure that your Mac OS X Yosemite system is secure.
Installing an SSL certificate is an important step in securing your Mac OS X Yosemite system. By generating a CSR and submitting it to a Certificate Authority such as eSSL SSL Certificates, you can obtain a signed SSL certificate that will help protect your system and its data.
For more information on how to generate CSR for different server types, please visit eSSL SSL Certificates.