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Personal Digital Certificates

Overview/Installation

If required, you must have completed ID Verification before proceeding with these instructions.

What’s a Personal Digital Certificate?

A personal digital certificate is like a digital ID card that resides on your computer.

UVa uses your digital certificate to verify your identification before granting you access to certain protected resources at the University. Because certificates may be installed differently depending on the application you are using, you may have multiple certificates on your system.

Why You Need a Digital Certificate at UVa

At the University of Virginia, your personal digital certificate allows you to:

Is Your Digital Certificate Expiring?

Personal digital certificates are valid for 1 calendar year. Approximately 1 month prior to the expiration date, you will receive a notification reminder that you have a certificate about to expire. When this happens, simply get a new certificate as described below to replace your expiring one.

How to Get a New Personal Digital Certificate

You have 2 options to download a new digital certificate:

Note: Prior to installing your digital certificate, verify that your computer’s system clock, date, and time zone are accurate. (Certificates are validated by date and time.)

Let the UVa Network Setup Tool Get Your Certificate Automatically

Follow instructions to download and run the Network Setup Tool wirelessly or via a wired connection, both of which will automatically:

  • configure your computer to access UVa’s encrypted cavalier wireless network;
  • obtain a new UVa Standard Assurance digital certificate for you; and
  • fine-tune your Windows computer’s firewall settings.

The UVa Network Setup Tool is available for:

How to Get & Install Your Certificate Manually

Windows 8/7

Internet Explorer (for Wireless & NetBadge)

  1. Download the personal digital certificate to your desktop. Remember which password you use when submitting your personal information; this will be your certificate password. Note: You may need to allow the Active X control to run.
  2. Double-click the certificate to open the Certificate Import Wizard.
  3. Navigate through the screens, accepting default settings.
  4. Enter the certificate password when prompted. Continue with subsequent screens through Finish.

Optional: Firefox (for NetBadge)

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Download and install your personal digital certificate.

Mac OS X

Safari (for Wireless & NetBadge)

  1. Download the personal digital certificate to your desktop. Remember which password you use when submitting your personal information; this will be your certificate password.
  2. Double-click the certificate to add to your Keychain Access.
  3. When the Add Certificates dialog box opens, make sure login is selected (for Keychain Access) and click OK.
  4. Enter the certificate password in the next dialog box (Authenticate) and click OK.

Optional: Safari (for VPN)

  1. Download and install the personal digital certificate to your desktop—remember which password you use when submitting your personal information, this will be your certificate password.
  2. Start Cisco’s VPNClient.
  3. Select the Certificates tab.
  4. Click the Import icon.
  5. For the Import Path field, click the Browse button to open your certificate.
  6. Enter your certificate password in the Import Password field (leave the additional password fields blank).
  7. Click the Import button.

Optional: Firefox (for NetBadge)

  1. Open Firefox.
  2. Download and install your personal digital certificate.

  Page Updated: 2014-01-09

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