Viewing a Certificate with a Private Key

This section provides a tutorial example on how to import a PKCS12 file containing a private-public key pair and its certificate into Windows system using 'Internet Options'.

Once imported, Amy can view her certificate in the "Personal" certificate store:

1. Click "Start > Control Panel > Internet Options". The "Internet Properties" dialog box shows up.

2. Click "Content" tab, then "Certificate" button. The "Certificates" dialog box shows up.

3. Click "Personal" tab. "amy@xyz.com" certificate is listed there.

4. Double-click "amy@xyz.com" certificate. The "Certificate" dialog box shows up.

5. The "General" tab tells us that "you have a private key that corresponds to this certificate." It confirms that Amy's private-public key pair is attached to her certificate in the "Personal" certificate store.

6. The "General" tab also tells us that "This certificate cannot be verified up to a trusted certificate authority. This is because CAcert.org certificate is not in the "Trusted Root Certificate Authorities" certificate store. Amy will fix this issue in the next tutorial.

The picture below shows you the "General" tab of "amy@xyz.com" certificate imported from the previous tutorial:
Certificate with Private-Public Key Pair

Last update: 2011.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction of PKI (Public Key Infrastructure)

 Introduction of HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure)

 Using HTTPS with IE (Internet Explorer) 10

 Using HTTPS with Chrome 40

 Using HTTPS with Firefox 35

 Perl Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 PHP Scripts Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Java Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 Certificate Stores and Certificate Console

 .NET Programs Communicating with HTTPS Servers

 CAcert.org - Root CA Offering Free Certificates

 PKI CA Administration - Issuing Certificates

 Digital Signature - Microsoft Word 2007

Digital Signature - OpenOffice.org 3

 OpenOffice.org 3 - Applying Digital Signatures

 Converting KeyStore Files to PKCS12 Files

 Importing Private-Public Key Pair with Internet Options

Viewing a Certificate with a Private Key

 Importing CA Certificates into the Trusted Store

 Signing OpenOffice.org 3 Document Failed

 Generating CSR for a Personal Certificate

 Getting Personal Certificate Signed by CAcert.org

 Storing Personal Certificate with Its Keys

 Installing Personal Certificate with Internet Options

 Signing OpenOffice.org 3 Document Worked

 S/MIME and Email Security

 PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Terminology

 Outdated Tutorials

 References

 PDF Printing Version