What are Digital Certificates?
A Digital Certificate is a secure digital key that certifies the identity of the holder. Issued by a Certification Authority (CA), it typically contains your identity (name, email, country, APNIC account name and your public key). APNIC certifies its authenticity. Digital Certificates use Public Key Infrastructure—data digitally signed or encrypted by a private key that can only be decrypted by its corresponding public key. APNIC operates a Certification Authority – we issue Digital Certificates for the APNIC community.
What are APNIC Digital Certificates used for?
Digital Certificates allow Members to securely perform certain privileged functions within MyAPNIC such as:
- Online voting in the APNIC elections
- Resource Certification
- Approving Digital Certificate requests for Non-Corporate Contacts
Digital Certificates can also be used to send or receive secured mail based on the S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) standard.