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Solution ID : SO13734

Last Modified : 06/25/2018

Installing a Thawte Trial Root CA Certificate into a Web Browser

Solution

Thawte's Trial SSL Certificates are not publicly trusted and therefore must have the Trial Root CA Certificate manually installed to the client web browser that will be used to test the SSL connectivity.  Without the Trial Root certificate installed on the client web browser, trust errors of the Trial SSL Certificate will occur.

NOTE:  When testing of the Trial SSL certificates have been completed, be sure to remove the Trial Root CA certificate from the client machine being used for testing to prevent any future Trial SSL certificates being trusted.

 

Step 1:  Download Thawte Trial Root CA Certificate

Download and save the Trial Root certificate .cer file to the client machine that will be used to test the Trial SSL certificate's connectivity.

 

 

 

Step 2:  Install the Trial Root CA Certificate to a Web Browser

Select the web browser that will be used to test the SSL connection and follow the steps to install the Trial Root certificate.

Internet Explorer

  

Firefox for Windows

  

Firefox for Mac

  

Chrome for Windows

  

Chrome for Mac

Safari

 

 

Internet Explorer

  1. Open IE and go to Tools > Internet Options > Content > Certificates.
  2. Click Import.  A certificate manager Import Wizard will appear.  Click Next.
  3. Click Browse, select the Trial Root certificate file, and click Open.
  4. Click Next to continue.
  5. Select Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of the certificate.  Then click Next.
  6. Click Finish to complete the installation.

 

Firefox for Windows

  1. Open Firefox and go to Tools > Options.
  2. Go to Advanced > Certificates > click View Certificates.
  3. Select the Authorities tab.
  4. Click Import, select the Trial Root certificate file, and click Open.
  5. Check the box, Trust this CA to identify websites.
  6. Click OK to complete the installation.

 

Firefox for Mac

  1. Open Firefox and go to Firefox > Preferences.
  2. Go to Advanced > Certificates > click View Certificates.
  3. Select the Authorities tab.
  4. Click Import, select the Trial Root certificate file, and click Open.
  5. Check the box, Trust this CA to identify websites.
  6. Click OK to complete the installation.

 

Chrome for Windows

  1. Open Chrome and from the Menu, click Settings.
  2. Click Show advanced settings...
  3. Under the HTTPS/SSL category, click Manage certificates...
  4. Click Import.  A certificate manager Import Wizard will appear.  Click Next.
  5. Click Browse, select the Trial Root certificate file, and click Open.
  6. Click Next to continue.
  7. Select Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of the certificate.  Then click Next.
  8. Click Finish to complete the installation.

 

Chrome for Mac

  1. Open Chrome and go to Chrome > Preferences.
  2. Click Show advanced settings...
  3. Under the HTTPS/SSL category, click Manage certificates...
  4. A Keychain Access window will appear.  Under Keychains, select System.
  5. Under Category, select Certificates.
  6. Click the Plus (+) Icon at the bottom of the window.
  7. Select the Trial Root certificate file, then click Open.
  8. By default, the Trial Root certificate is not trusted.  Double click the certificate to open the information window.
  9. Expand the Trust menu and under the SSL option, select Always Trust.
  10. The Trial Root certificate is now ready for testing Trial SSL certificate connections.

 

Safari

  1. Safari manages the System Root certificates through the application, Keychain Access.  Open the Keychain Access application.
  2. Under Keychains, select System.
  3. Under Category, select Certificates.
  4. Click the Plus (+) Icon at the bottom of the window.
  5. Select the Trial Root certificate file, then click Open.
  6. By default, the Trial Root certificate is not trusted.  Double click the certificate to open the information window.
  7. Expand the Trust menu and under the SSL option, select Always Trust.
  8. The Trial Root certificate is now ready for testing Trial SSL certificate connections.