Install SSL certificate in Internet Explorer 7

Date: March 29th, 2010
Author: Stefan Batanov

This tutorial will guide you how to install your own SSL certificate in Internet Explorer in few simple steps. Such certificates are widely used for personal identification, for example, for online banking systems. The certificate ensures that the person connection is the one who should only have access to the system.

To get to the proper place you must go to the browser Options. You click on Tools menu then select Internet Options

Install SSL certificate in Internet Explorer 7

Once we have the Internet Options window opened we go to Content tab. Under Certificates section you should click on Certificates button.

Install SSL certificate in Internet Explorer 7

Next steps are pretty simple as the steps so far. On this new window you need to do is click onImport button. This will open a new wizard window which will guide you in the process of importing your SSL certificate.

Install SSL certificate in Internet Explorer 7

Once you hit Import button a new Wizard will start. On the first screen you simply need to click Next button.

Second step in the wizard is to choose the certificate file you wish to import. In our example we import a Personal Information Exchange-PKCS 12 file but Internet Explorer browser supports pretty much all king of certificate formats.

Install SSL certificate in Internet Explorer 7

On the next step Internet Explorer will prompt you to type the password for the Certificate. The password for the certificate is another method for identifying that the certificate is being used by its owner. This ensures that even of someone else has access to your computer and your browser it will be impossible for him/her to use the certificate even though it is installed on it. Any time you connect to the remote system that requires this certificate for identification you will be asked for the same certificate password.

Install SSL certificate in Internet Explorer 7

Next two steps a re pretty straight forward. Just click Next and then Finish buttons and your certificate will be imported successfully in Internet Explorer.

Install SSL certificate in Internet Explorer 7

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