February brought the start of the exhibition season for CAcert with our presence at FOSDEM – one of the biggest Europe-wide developer conferences in Brussels, Belgium. Of course we performed our well-known assurances, which is very popular at such events, with which CAcert safeguards its certificates by checking users’ ID documents. This allows us to offer a safe and trustworthy certificate authority to our users. Of particular note was that interested people were seeking more detailed information about security – questions such as what it actually means, and why are we not yet in the trust stores of many of the web browsers. It’s true that Let’s encrypt is trusted by the popular browsers, but if you take a close look at the certificate of a site protected with a Let’s encrypt certificate, you will find out that it does not contain any information about the owner. This means it is impossible to verify the identity of the site and therefore it is basically uncertain to which site the browser is actually connected to. CAcert allows the site owner to publish identification information in the certificate after the assurance – for private users as well as for companies. This way, CAcert offers a clear mutual trust, which makes it worth importing the CAcert-Root-certificate from www.cacert.org.
But there’s more: CAcert offers client certificates as well and signs GPG/PGP keys. Anyone who always wanted to sign his emails and encrypt them if needed, can do this easily with CAcert. Most email clients supports S/MIME certificates or PGP. By this means the authenticity of the sender is verified, and the receipient can verify the name of the certificate owner. Also attachments like PDF can be signed this way and protect the document against later changes.
CAcert is supported by an Australian non-profit association, the operation of the server is safeguarded by the German incorporated society secure-u. This structure has advantages, but the Australian society is possible only as long as CAcert has at least three Australian residents as members of the board. In 2017 we want to bring the association behind the web of trust to Europe. This limits the resources of many of the active members, because the handover must be done under appropriate rules. Anyone who wants to support CAcert can find more details at recent blog post “Prosit 2017” or can send an e-mail to email@example.com
For a secure 2017!
CAcert and secure-u e.V. will be present at FOSDEM 2017, the Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting in Brussels, on February 4th and February 5th.
If you want to help at our booth, register yourself on our events wiki page for FOSDEM 2017 planning.
CU at FOSDEM …
Ja, 2017 will ich bei CAcert mithelfen.
Yes, I want to give CAcert a hand in 2017.
Oui, en 2017 je donnera un coup de main à CAcert.
Ja, in 2017 wil ik helpen met CAcert.
Sí, en 2017 quiero ayudar a CAcert.
Sim, em 2017 eu quero ajudar a CAcert.
This post was published at New Year in New South Wales.
In a few hours, the year 2016 will be over. So, the secretary of the new elected committee of CAcert Inc., the infrastructure partner of the CAcert comunity, had just enough time, to show his gratitude to two members of the association who were active in the association for exactly five years. That is the reasons, why he handed over them a (virtual) golden watch as sign of thank you.
Kevin Dawson from New South Wales, the home of CAcert, became Public Officer in 2011 and remained in this function until 2016. As public officer, he dealed with the New South Welsh government and was contact person for the Office of Fair Trade and CAcert’s bank. Furthermore, Kevin Dawson, had a seat in the committee from 2011 to 2013 and in the transition committee in summer 2016. We sincerely thank Kevin for his excellent work, which he has done silently at the other end of the world, but always exactly and well, and regret that he is now concentrating on new things.
The second gold watch for five year loyal services to CAcert Inc. was handed over to Dirk Astrath from Germany, the country with the most community-members. He startet – at the same time as Kevin as Public Officer – as assessor in the committee. Later he hold the functions of secretary, vice president and president with exception of winter 2015/2016. If everything goes well with the “move” of CAcert Inc. Dirk will have been the last president of the Australian association.
Mit einem Zertifikat von CAcert hätte sich die Heilige Familie viel einfacher bei den Römern registrieren lassen können. Die beschwerliche Reise mit dem Esel wäre nicht nötig gewesen.
With a certificate from CAcert, it would have been much easier to register with the Romans to the Holy Family. The arduous journey with the donkey would not have been necessary.
Avec un certificat de CAcert, la Sainte Famille serait en mesure de s’enregistrer auprès des Romains beaucoup plus facile. Le pénible voyage à dos d’âne n’aurait pas été nécessaire.
Die OpenRheinRuhr in Oberhausen öffnet am Wochenende 5./6. November wieder ihre Tore für freie Software. Die Veranstaltung im Rheinischen Industriemuseum ist perfekt erreichbar direkt am Hauptbahnhof in Oberhausen.
CAcert ist natürlich dabei und informiert vor Ort über Risiken im Internet und Möglichkeiten, die Sicherheit deutlich zu erhöhen. Jeder Interessierte kann sich am Stand von CAcert über kostenfreien Zertifikate, darunter SSL-Serverzertifikate und Client-Zertifikate für sichere E-Mail-Kommunikation informieren. Dazu gibt es wieder spannende Gespräche über die Aktivitäten von CAcert und die Ausblicke für die Zukunft. Aktive Mitglieder sind gerne gesehen, Fragen werden sehr gerne beantwortet.
On the week-end November, 5th and 6th, the OpenRheinRuhr in Oberhausen open its doors. It is an ideal platform to get informed about free software – and of course CAcert will attend. The fair takes place in the Rheinisches Industriemuseum directly located at the central station of Oberhausen.
CAcert informs about risks on the internet and shows opportunities to increase safety considerably. Who wants to get informed about free certificates, e.g. SSL-Server certificates, or client certificates for secure e-mail communication is invited to meet CAcert staff for discussion on CAcerts’ OpenRheinRuhr booth. Additionally we are expecting exciting talks about the activities of CAcert and future prospects. Active members are welcome, questions will be answered gladly.
FrOSCon open its doors on August, 20th + 21st, and of course, CAcert is present!
On the annual FrOSCon event CAcert is present, willing to assure members and to have nice talks to the public. We are very pleased to take part in an event targeted on free software and open source. FrOSCon takes place at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg in Sankt Augustin, near Cologne (Köln). We’re happy to welcome you there and enjoy nice talks about securing yourself on the Internet.
Monthly meeting in Paris / Rendez-vous mensuel à Paris
Next meeting / Prochaine date: mardi 19 juillet 2016 entre 19:00 heures et 20:00
Nous vous proposons une rencontre mensuelle pour toutes personne intéressée par CAcert. Validation (certification) de vos identités pour CAcert.
En moyenne 2 à 5 accréditeur sont présent et peuvent donner entre 10 et 35 points. Si vous pouvez aussi donner des points manifestez vous. c.f. https://wiki.cacert.org/Events/Paris_2016
Place / Lieu: Bar de l’Hôtel Novotel Les Halles
8, place Marguerite de Navarre
75001 Paris, France
Le rendez-vous mensuel à Paris à lieu le
mercredi 15 juin 2016 entre 19:00 heures et 20:00 heures
Nous vous proposons une rencontre pour toutes personne intéressée par CAcert. Validation, cértification, accrédidation de vos identités et informations sur CAcert.
Bar de l’Hôtel Novotel Les Halles
8, place Marguerite de Navarre
Paris 1er, Mo Châtelet
Pour plus d’informations; voir le wiki.
If you stay at Paris, do not miss to join the local CAcert assurer group to pass a nive evening with them at June 15th!