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Document ID: 1110
Subject: Enabling SSL for SynaMan
Creation date: 11/24/09 12:18 PM
Last modified on: 11/6/18 4:39 PM

Enabling SSL in SynaMan

SSL is an industry standard encryption mechanism that you can use to make your transfer secure. When SSL is enabled, the URL of your browser starts with HTTPS instead of HTTP.

Follow the steps below to enable SSL.
  • Connect to the web interface of SynaMan as an admin
  • Click Modify Configuration
  • Select the Http Configuration tab
  • Specify a positive value for Secure HTTP port. Refer to the image below.

  • Click Save
  • Restart SynaMan.

SSL Certificate

Useful Tip:
If you already have a certificate purchased for Microsoft IIS server, click here for instructions on how to use that certificate in SynaMan.
An SSL certificate is required when you enable this option.  In order to test this functionality, we have included a self-signed certificate with SynaMan. A self-signed certificate is not trusted by any browser and therefore, you will see a warning message regarding the certificate. Every browser displays this warning differently. Click here to see warning messages displayed by different browsers.

In order to avoid getting this warning message, you need purchase an SSL certificate from a certificate authority.  Refer to this document to see how to install a purchased certificate in SynaMan.

Do I have to purchase a certificate?

No. An SSL certificate solves two problems:
  1. It certifies that the site you are connecting to is the intended site and not a forgery.
  2. It encrypts data between client and server. This prevents a third-party from snooping in between.
When you use a self-signed certificate in SynaMan, the browser cannot guarantee the website's authenticity, which corresponds to the first problem mentioned above and as a result, you see the warning messages.  However, it does encrypt all the data between client and server. Therefore, it may be acceptable to see this warning message if you are using SynaMan within your company or in a home environment where you want to encrypt files when uploading or downloading but don't care about forgery since the server is in your control.

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