Installing Server Certificate Permanently in IE

This section provides a tutorial example on how to install the certificate provided by a 'https' Website in IE. 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. Click "Start" and search for "Internet Explorer".

2. Right-mouse click "Internet Explorer", then select "Run as administrator" to start Internet Explorer (IE). Running IE as administrator gives you the permission to install server certificate.

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

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

5. 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 Store
   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 in the next tutorial.

The picture below shows you the Certificate Import Wizard tool used to install a server certificate to the local computer:

Installing Server Certificate in IE
Installing Server Certificate in IE

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)

 Introduction of HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure)

 Using HTTPS with Google Chrome

 Using HTTPS with Mozilla Firefox

 HTTPS with Microsoft Edge

 Using HTTPS with Apple Safari

HTTPS with IE (Internet Explorer)

 Visiting "https" Website with IE

 Viewing Server Certificate Details in IE

 Viewing Server Certificate Path in IE

Installing Server Certificate Permanently in IE

 Viewing Certificates in Certificate Stores in IE

 Listing of Trusted Root CA in IE

 Exporting Certificate to File from IE

 Saving Server Certificate to File with IE

 Deleting Certificates from IE

 IE Supporting Multiple Certificate Paths

 IE Reinstalling Root Certificates Automatically

 Windows Automatic Root Update Mechanism

 Android and Server Certificate

 iPhone and Server Certificate

 Windows Certificate Stores and Console

 RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) and Server Certificate

 macOS Certificate Stores and Keychain Access

 Perl Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 PHP Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Java Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 .NET Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 CAcert.org - Root CA Offering Free Certificates

 PKI CA Administration - Issuing Certificates

 Comodo Free Personal Certificate

 Digital Signature - Microsoft Word

 Digital Signature - OpenOffice.org 3

 S/MIME and Email Security

 PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Terminology

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

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