So this is it - I am now officially a CAcert assurer. Starting the count from the moment I decided to involve myself with CAcert, it took me roughly 3 months, and 3 meetings, to achieve this, but I am sure I could have done it in one month if only I had been more interested in speed.
All things considered, I would say that it is really easy to get 100 trust points and to become an assurer. I could stop here and enjoy the benefits of the CAcert program so easily won - but I think I will now try to get the hard part done: Be an active assurer and raise my account to 150 points.
Although I will not benefit immediately from having 150 instead of 100 points, I think it is only fair when I try to support and strengthen the CAcert community through activities of my own. Let's see whom I can convince... :-)
Have you ever created a self-signed digital certificate, or created your own pseudo Certificate Authority (CA) so that you could issue your own certificates? Have you done so because you did not want to buy these certificates from VeriSign or some other commercial CA for an exorbitant annual fee? Were you annoyed that web browsers and other client software displayed alarm messages when they encountered your own, "cheaply manufactured" certificates - thereby implying to users that those certificates are not to be trusted?
Enter CAcert, a CA that issues digital certificates for free!