Q: What is Passpoint?
ANSWER: Passpoint is a program launched by the Wi-Fi Alliance in an effort to streamline network access in hotspots and eliminate the need for users to find and authenticate a network each time they connect. The first release of Passpoint was in 2012 and the second release was in October 2014.
Q: What features are included in Passpoint release 2?
ANSWER: The first release of Passpoint included features around network selection and secure access. In the second release of Passpoint, the Wi-Fi Alliance introduced new, streamlined methods for secure online signup and policy provisioning. DigiCert SecureWiFi Certificates help to secure the online signup process.
Q: Can I use another type of certificate to secure my OSU server?
ANSWER: WiFi certificates are able to authenticate a service provider because of the special WiFi root on Passpoint-certified devices. WiFi certificates are the only kind of certificate that can provide this authentication and the visual indicators like the logo and friendly name.
Q: What are the logo and friendly name?
ANSWER: When you order a SecureWiFi Certificate, you must include either a logo, friendly name, or both a logo and a friendly name. The logo and friendly name are shown to end-users after the WiFi certificate on the OSU server is validated by the device to show that the service provider has been authenticated.
Q: What information do I need to provide to get a SecureWiFi Certificate?
ANSWER: To order a SecureWiFi Certificate you need the common name for the certificate, a logo and/or friendly name for your service provider, organization details (name, address), and contact details (name, telephone, email). Once you complete the order, DigiCert’s validation team will contact you to gather validation information.
Q: What other products does DigiCert offer?
ANSWER: As a publicly trusted Certificate Authority, DigiCert offers a full line of authentication and encryption solutions. Our products include SSL, code signing, document signing, Direct (FBCA), client, and device certificates as well as certificate management accounts and a collection of free tools.
Q: What is the Wi-Fi Alliance?
ANSWER: The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global industry association that governs the standards around WiFi interoperability and security. It owns the trademark “Wi-Fi” and dictates the requirements to a device becoming WiFi Certified.
Q: Do WiFi certificates replace wireless security protocols like WPA2?
ANSWER: No. WiFi certificates are only used to encrypt data during the signup process. They are not used to encrypt data that is passed while an end-user is browsing the Internet.