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Importing Email Signing Certificate - OS X

Document ID 124


Before an email signing certificate can be used by an email client, it must be installed into the operating system's certificate manager. For OS X, this certificate manager is called Keychain Access.


Installing A Personal Email Signing Certificate

1. Go to your default download location and double-click on the signing certificate. It will have a file name of the format "NetID_at_domain.p12" [fig. 01].

Certificate in downloads folder

[fig. 01 - Certificate in Downloads Folder]


2. Keychain Access will automatically launch and request the password for your certificate. This is the password displayed to you on Step 7 of the Email Signing Certificates Request document. Type the password in (it is case sensitive) and click OK [fig. 02].

Prompt for certificate password

[fig. 02 - Prompt for Certificate Password]


3. The certificate will now be imported into Keychain Access in the "My Certificates" section. Keychain Access will allow you to view the issuing agency as well the expiration date of the certificate [fig. 03].

Certificate installed in Keychain Access

[fig. 03 - Certificate Installed in Keychain Access]


4. Your personal email signing certificate can now be used by your email programs.

If you have any further questions, please email or call us at 979.845.8300.

Document ID 124
September 23, 2013
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