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Obtaining a Digital ID (Email Certificate)

Instructions for obtaining a Digital ID (certificate) for email signing.

  1. Go to:

    Follow the instructions, with the email you'd like to secure as your "primary email address."

  2. Select "Request Certificate" and fill out the required information. Then select "Personal Certificate."

    Once you have done this, you should receive an email like the one pictured below.

  3. Click the link to verify your email.

  4. You will receive a message instructing you to go to the DoIT Help Desk located in Computer Sciences, where you will need to show two forms of ID to verify the request.

  5. Your request will be processed, and you will receive an email like the pictured below.

  6. Follow the link and click the Download_Button.png button.

    It's possible that there will be multiple download options. Make sure to select the one for the email you'd like to secure.

  7. When the file has downloaded, open it and follow the wizard to install the certificate to your computer.

  8. Once the certificate has been installed on your computer, you will need to add it to Outlook. (If you do not use the Outlook app, please contact DiscoverIT for assistance).

    Open Outlook and navigate to File -> Options -> Trust Center -> Trust Center Settings... -> Email Security and check "Add digital signature to outgoing messages."

    More detailed instructions for configuring your Digital ID are linked below.

    Configuring My Email Client (Windows) Configuring My Email Client (Mac)

If your email and certificate have been properly configured, recipients will now see the Ribbon.png symbol signifying that the email has been verified and can be trusted.

If you want to learn more about PKI, you can find information at

Keywords:email id certificate digital uw morgridge   Doc ID:93874
Owner:Drew G.Group:Discovery Building IT
Created:2019-08-14 16:08 CDTUpdated:2020-09-01 09:51 CDT
Sites:Discovery Building IT
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