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Import certificates from Firefox into Internet Explorer

Question

I am having difficulty getting a certificate in Internet Explorer, and have already tried the CertAid for Internet Explorer Tool, available from: http://ist.mit.edu/certaid/win.

Is there another option for getting a certificate in Internet Explorer?

Answer

Step 1: Obtain a certificate in Firefox

  1. If Firefox is not installed, you can download Firefox from http://getfirefox.com. Select the Green button for Free Download.
  2. Navigate, in Firefox, to http://ist.mit.edu/certificates
  3. Select the link to Get an MIT Personal Certificate.

Step 2: Export the Certificate from Firefox

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Go to Tools > Options and click on the Advanced icon.
  3. Click on the Encryption tab and click on View certificates.
  4. Highlight your certificate and click on Backup
  5. Choose where you want to save the file (desktop/temp), then name the file.
  6. You will then be prompted for the certificate password you set when you obtained the certificate.
  7. You will then be asked to create and confirm another password.
  8. Enter anything (but remember it) and confirm because you will need this when importing into Internet Explorer. The file saves as a .P12 file
  9. Select OK.

Step 3: Import the Certificate into Internet Explorer

  1. Open Internet Explorer
  2. Go to Tools > Internet Options
  3. Go to the Contents Tab
  4. Select certificates
  5. Click Import
    Result: the Import Wizard opens
  6. Click Next
  7. Browse to where you saved your Firefox certificate (desktop, etc)
  8. Highlight the certificate file filename.p12
  9. You may need to change the "files of type" to "Personal Information Exchange .pfx;.p12" if file not visible.
  10. Click Next
  11. Type the password that you used for Export encryption above
  12. Check the automatically select box if not already enabled
  13. Click Next
  14. Click Finish

Import should be complete.
Click OK and close the Import wizard.

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Last Modified:

January 26, 2016

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