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A number of sites including Soylentnews, in places, use self signed certs for https encryption.

The first time you go to such a site, you will see some sort of warning from your browser. The exact nature of that warning varies, each browser handles it a little differently. What is important is that you need to use whatever facility is provided to tell your browser that it is ok to continue on connecting, and, unless you want to deal with that message every time you visit the site, you need to tell it to remember your choice.

Some examples of typical browser warnings

Below, I have loosely recorded the steps I had to take with some of the browsers I have available here and some other instructions from various places. If you are having trouble, reading through these - even if your exact browser is not here - may help a bit. You can at least get a rough ideas of what is required.

Internet Explorer

( from )

Ignore the warning message and proceed to the website. A certificate error is displayed in the address bar.

Click Certificate error in the address bar.

Click View certificates.

Click the Certification Path tab

Select the root certificate and click View Certificate.

Click Install Certificate to start another Certificate Import wizard.

Note: If the Install Certificate button remains disabled, you must click Tools > Internet options > Content > Certificates > Trusted Root Certificate Authorities and import the root certificate manually.

Click Next.

Select Place all certificates in the following store, click Browse, select Trusted Root Certificate Authorities, click OK and click Next.

Click Finish.

Click Yes to import the root signer certificate into Internet Explorer’s certificate trust store

Click OK to close the Certificate Import wizard.

Click OK twice to close the Certificate window.

Close all instances of Internet Explorer.

Repeat step 1. Internet Explorer does not warn you about the untrusted certificate. If the browser warns you about mismatched certificate address, click Tools > Internet Options > Advanced. Scroll down and clear the Warn about certificate address mismatch check box. Click OK. Close Internet Explorer and repeat step 1.


(Is probably similar to other browsers using the Firefox engine)

-- Mac Version 3.6

This Connection is Untrusted

/Get me out of here/

You have asked Firefox to connect securely to, but we can't confirm that your connection is secure.

Normally, when you try to connect securely, sites will present trusted identification to prove that you are going to the right place. However, this site's identity can't be verified.

What Should I Do?

If you usually connect to this site without problems, this error could mean that someone is trying to impersonate the site, and you shouldn't continue.

Technical Details uses an invalid security certificate.

The certificate is not trusted because it is self-signed.

The certificate is only valid for

(Error code: sec_error_untrusted_issuer)

- select 'I Understand the Risks'

If you understand what's going on, you can tell Firefox to start trusting this site's identification. Even if you trust the site, this error could mean that someone is tampering with your connection.

Don't add an exception unless you know there's a good reason why this site doesn't use trusted identification.

- select /Add Exception/

- select /X/ permanently store this exception

- select /Confirm Security Exception/

( another set of instructions from )

In Firefox, perform the following steps:

Click I Understand the Risks.

Click Add Exception.

Click Confirm Security Exception to automatically import the root signer certificate into Firefox’s certificate trust store.

Close all instances of Firefox.

Repeat step 1. Firefox does not warn you about the untrusted connection.


(Note the very newest versions of Opera are using a diffderent engine)

-- Mac Version 10.10.0

'Warning this page may not be secure'

'You need to approve or reject the loading of this page' /Help/ /Reject/ /Approve/

-select security tab, see:

The certificate for "" is signed by the unknown Certificate Authority "". It is not possible to verify that this is a valid certificate.

/X/ Remember my choice for this certificate

Then select the main /Approve/ button.


(Is probably similar to other browsers using the 'Webkit' engine)

-- Mac Version 4.1.3

'Safari can't verify the identity of the website'

/Show Certificate/ /Cancel/ /Continue/

- select show certificate

- select Trust Setting

- select When using this certificate, /Always Trust/

- select /Continue/