Generate PFX (Private Certificates) from Key file and Certificate file using Open SSL

Obtain private key from SSL site.  Download directly from browser. mydomain_com_key.txt Company will send you the cert files in email. mydomain_com.crt Download OpenSSL for Windows\Program Files\OpenSSL-Win64\bin\openssl.exe Generate PFX (Private Certificates) from Key file and Certificate file. Provide a password Private Key (from download) + Certificate (from email) = PFX file (via OpenSSL) Source:... » read more

Pageant Key List

When you run Pageant, it will put an icon of a computer wearing a hat into the System tray. It will then sit and do nothing, until you load a private key into it. If you click the Pageant icon with the right mouse button, you will see a menu. Select ‘View Keys’ from this menu.... » read more


PuTTY is an SSH and telnet client, developed originally by Simon Tatham for the Windows platform. PuTTY is open source software that is available with source code and is developed and supported by a group of volunteers. You can download PuTTY here. Sources:

TSQL Encrypt By Pass Phrase

Encrypt data with a passphrase using the TRIPLE DES algorithm with a 128 key bit length. Sources:

Database Backup Encryption

Restoring encrypted database on another server (using Backup Encryption). Only works with SQL Server 2014 and later. Backup If a certificate is not backed up prior to backing up a database in T-SQL the following warning will be displayed in the results: Warning: The certificate used for encrypting the database encryption key has not been... » read more

FTPS (FTP over SSL) vs. SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol)

Security in FTP is provided by employing the SSL/TLS protocol for channel encryption as defined in RFC 2228. The secured version of FTP is called FTPS. The SFTP abbreviation is often mistakenly used to specify some kind of Secure FTP, by which people most often mean FTPS. Another (similar) mistake is that SFTP is thought... » read more

KeePass Password Safe

What is KeePass?Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your website’s FTP password, online passwords (like website member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere... » read more