How to Install the Certificate Authority

Why Install?

Installing the certificate will make all of those annoying warning messages about unknown web certificates go away.

Why do we have a Certificate Authority?

Every secure http site (https) uses an SSL certificate. Most certificates come ultimately from one of the big certificate authority companies like Verisign.
Websites with SSL certificates are then automatically verified by these certificate authority companies.
But these companies charge money for SSL certificates. For domain wildcarded certificates like we have, it is typically over $1000/year.
In order not to pay this, we have generated our own self-signed certificate authority.

How to Install in Firefox

  1. Click on
  2. Select "Trust this CA to identify websites"
  3. Click the "OK" button.

How to Install in Chrome

  1. Click on to download the certificate authority.
    • Save the file.
  2. Select "Settings" under the main menu.
  3. Click "Show advanced settings...".
  4. Click the "Manage certificates..." button under HTTPS/SSL.
  5. Click the "Authorities" tab.
  6. Click the "Import" button.
  7. Select the cesbca.crt file.
  8. Select "Trust this CA to identify websites".
  9. Click the "Done" button.
Topic revision: r5 - 24 May 2014, HunterMoseley

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