How to Import a Certificate into Firefox

Depending on the circumstance you may need to import a Certificate into your Firefox browser. Code Signing, Email, and Admin/Digictal ID certificates can be imported into Firefox’s certificate stores to allow users access to websites or enable users to use Mozilla based software where certificates are necessary to perform a function. This article provides step-by-step instructions for installing your certificate in Mozilla Firefox for Windows. Digital ID Files generally have a PFX or P12 extension and contain the public key file (certificate) and the associated private key file. We will assume that you already have a PFX or P12 Digital ID Certificate file and it has been moved to or already resides on your Windows system in question. This file format […]

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What Certificate Authorities Do & How Their SSL Certificate Security is Enforced.

  There has been a lot of misleading information flying around within the security industry and various tech blogs regarding Certificate Authorities (CA), Security, and the function of SSL Certificates. Lots of finger pointing with no foundation of knowledge on who does what. The confusion is how encryption keypairs work, controlled, and managed, vs what Certificate Authorities (CA) actually do when they issue their different certificate products, and how browsers enforce the security behind SSL Certificates. Security is not all in the hands of the Certificate Authorities (CA). It all started with a CA named VeriSign. What/Who Are The Certificate Authorities? VeriSign headquartered in Virginia became one of the world’s first and biggest CA, providing third party authentication of public […]

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How To Export A Certificate From Firefox.

Depending on the circumstance you may need to export a certificate that has been installed in your browser. Code Signing and Mail Signing certificates purchased from a Certificate Authority (CA) usually use browsers to generate the keypair and install the certificate on the browser. After which you can then export the certificate, and distribute it to whoever or apply it to your signing application that requires it. We will assume that you have successful installed/picked-up or already have a certificate in your Firefox browser. To export/backup your certificate from your Firefox browser perform the following. Step 1:  Exporting your certificate from Firefox: In the upper right of your Firefox browser click  Click Options. In the left pain click Advanced. Under Advanced click […]

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Troubleshooting: Unsecured or Mixed Content – “Your connection to this site is not fully secure”

Mixed Content warnings happen with all certificates now regardless of certificate type.  The most drastic loss in functionality though is EV certificates. Even though an Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate may have been installed in https (The channel of the website that performs encryption) on a website some browsers may require that the entire site, all resources, images, and links be secured within in https as well. Failure to do this may turn off the EV green URL bar. Which is a desired feature when purchasing a EV SSL certificate.  If the certificate is not an EV SSL certificate, just a Domain Validated (DV) or Organization Validated (OV) SSL certificate  then typically there may be a padlock missing near the URL bar even though […]

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