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Firefox displays the error "ssl_error_handshake_failure_alert"

This error means that you do not have valid personal certificates in your browser. You can obtain new ones by going to and clicking on Get MIT Personal Certificate.

Firefox displays the following error when you do not have any certificates in your browser:

Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to

SSL peer was unable to negotiate an acceptable set of security parameters

(Error code: ssl_error_handshake_failure_alert)

If you have already obtained new certificates, you may also need to:

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Last Modified:

July 27, 2015

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