One of the reasons why StartSSL WoT
can be a better trusted Web-of-Trust network than others, is the fact, that notaries have to be Class 2 certified
by StartCom. This allows to always track verifications done by one or more notaries to real and verified identities. We call this the bootstrapping of notaries, since one or two notaries can start to verify other members in any region of the world without relying on already existing other notaries (provided they can be verified successfully by StartCom).
Additionally, notaries have to be at least 18 years old and undergo an online test. The test is not too difficult, however it requires the notary to actually read and understand the WoT policy
. The online test for notaries is about the educational effect it creates. All this steps and requirements are good reasons for a successful network of notaries and members - one on which a third party actually can rely on! It's not the easy and quick way of others, but the only right one (in our opinion of course).
OK, so what has to be done in order to become a StartSSL Wot Notary? There are two options - either way will work:
- Get a StartSSL Verified
(Class 2) client certificate and use it in order to login to the protected area at the WoT web site. Perform the online notary test
and thathaa...you are a notary.
- Alternatively you can get a StartSSl Free
(Class 1) client certificate and use it in order to login to the protected area. Perform the online test first and at a later stage acquire the required Class 2 certificate. You can use the Add Certificate
function for that. After that you are assigned notary status and you'll show up in the Notary Finder
If you are concerned about the costs for the Class 2 certification (~ US $ 39.90), than we suggest to organize a group of interested people in your region and contact StartCom with the exact amount of certifications needed for them. We'll try to do our utmost, to give a fair discount, depending on the amount (bulk purchase) and region.
Should you be interested in becoming a reseller of StartSSL Verified
certificates, than check out the StartSSLâ„¢ Distributor Package