UW Digital ID (Mac) - Installing your Digital Certificate

This document explains how to import your digital certificate into your keychain.

Once you have downloaded your certificate to your desktop. When finished, you will have a file on your desktop named "Your_Name.p12". This is your personal digital certificate.

Import your certificate into your Keychain

Mac OS X uses a central location to store all of your personal security information, including passwords, keys, and certificates, called the Keychain. The Keychain is managed by an application called Keychain Access.

To import your new certificate into your Keychain, simply double click the "Your_Name.p12" icon. Keychain Access will automally open, and will prompt you to import the certificate into your personal Keychain.

Select OK. You can verify your certificate is properly imported by selecting My Certificates on the left hand sidebar of Keychain Access; you can then view your newly imported certificate.


You may also view the properties of your certificate by double clicking it in Keychain Access.


Additional advanced security properties of the certificate, such as which applications are allowed to use it, are also set here. Normally, you do not need to modify any of these settings.


When you are finished inspecting your certificate, you may quit Keychain Access. You can now setup one of the following email clients to use your certificate.

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Owner:Steven T.Group:Digital ID
Created:2005-10-24 19:00 CDTUpdated:2015-03-15 08:31 CDT
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