Installing Certificate Permanently in IE

This section provides a tutorial example on how to install the certificate provided by an 'https' Web site in IE 9. The certificate can be installed into a certificate store automatically selected by IE.

Normally, when a browser visits a "https" Web server, it will get the certificate from the server and use it for one web session only. When you close the browser, the certificate will be removed from memory. It will not be stored on computer permanently.

However, if you want to keep a copy of the certificate on the computer, you can install it in steps shown below:

1. Run IE 9 and go to https://login.yahoo.com and wait for the log in page to be loaded.

2. Click the lock icon at the end of the Web address field. A small pop up windows shows up.

3. Click the "View certificates" link on the pop up window. The Certificate dialog box shows up.

But the "Install Certificate" button is not supported any more! I cannot install this certificate into the certificate store on my local computer in IE 9. See the comparison between IE 9 and IE 7 below:
IE 9 without Install Certificate Button

So are we losing a nice feature in IE 9? The answer is not really. This "Install Certificate" button is supported only in the "Administrator" mode now.

4. Ok. Close IE browser. Then right-click the IE icon and select "Run as administrator". Repeat all steps mentioned above and click the "Install Certificate" button. The Certificate Import Wizard starts.

5. Click the "Next" button. The Certificate Store step shows up with these fields:

Certificate stores are system areas where certificates are kept.

Windows can automatically select a certificate store, or you can 
specify a location for
   (.) Automatically select the certificate store based on the type 
       of certificate 
   ( ) Place all certificates in the following store

6. Let's use the "Automatically select..." option and click the "Next" button. The confirmation step shows up.

7. Click the "Finish" button. The certificate will be installed into a certificate store somewhere on your computer. We will try to find it back in the next tutorial.

Last update: 2013.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Cryptography Terminology

 Cryptography Basic Concepts

 Introduction to AES (Advanced Encryption Standard)

 Introduction to DES Algorithm

 DES Algorithm - Illustrated with Java Programs

 DES Algorithm Java Implementation

 DES Algorithm - Java Implementation in JDK JCE

 DES Encryption Operation Modes

 DES in Stream Cipher Modes

 PHP Implementation of DES - mcrypt

 Blowfish - 8-Byte Block Cipher

 Secret Key Generation and Management

 Cipher - Secret Key Encryption and Decryption

 Introduction of RSA Algorithm

 RSA Implementation using java.math.BigInteger Class

 Introduction of DSA (Digital Signature Algorithm)

 Java Default Implementation of DSA

 Private key and Public Key Pair Generation

 PKCS#8/X.509 Private/Public Encoding Standards

 Cipher - Public Key Encryption and Decryption

 MD5 Mesasge Digest Algorithm

 SHA1 Mesasge Digest Algorithm

 OpenSSL Introduction and Installation

 OpenSSL Generating and Managing RSA Keys

 OpenSSL Managing Certificates

 OpenSSL Generating and Signing CSR

 OpenSSL Validating Certificate Path

 "keytool" and "keystore" from JDK

 "OpenSSL" Signing CSR Generated by "keytool"

 Migrating Keys from "keystore" to "OpenSSL" Key Files

 Certificate X.509 Standard and DER/PEM Formats

 Migrating Keys from "OpenSSL" Key Files to "keystore"

Using Certificates in IE (Internet Explorer)

 Why Using Certificates with Web Browsers?

 Visiting a "https" Web Site with IE

 Viewing Certificate Details

 Viewing Certificate Path

Installing Certificate Permanently in IE

 Managing Certificates in Certificate Stores

 Exporting Certificates Out of IE

 OpenSSL Viewing Certificates Exported from IE

 Importing CA Certificate into IE

 Importing Certificate Path into IE

 Using Certificates in Firefox

 Using Certificates in Google Chrome

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

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