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Nevis Certificates

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Outlook, Outlook Express, and Entourage

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The solution is to load the certificate into Windows. Try clicking on this link to the Nevis site certificate. Windows may take you through a "Certificate Wizard" for you to permanently approve a certificate. If it does not, copy the file to disk and open it from within Windows; this should automatically start the Certificate Wizard.
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The solution is to load the certificate into Windows. Try clicking on this link to the Nevis site certificate. Windows may take you through a "Certificate Wizard" for you to permanently approve a certificate. If it does not, copy the file to disk and open it from within Windows; this should automatically start the Certificate Wizard.
 

Mail.app and iCal in Mac OS X

Load the certificate into the Mac OS X Keychain:

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  • Double-click on the file NevisSite.cer to open the Keychain Access utility (in /Applications/Utilities).
  • Follow the program prompts (e.g, entering your password) to add the certificate to your Keychain.
  • It may be that you'll still get messages of the form "This certificate uses an authority that you do not trust." If that happens, go into the Keychain Access program, select the certificate (it will have the name *.nevis.columbia.edu, and click the small "info" button near the top of the display; it's a small blue dot with the white letter "i". In the lower pane of the display, select "Always trust" from the pop-up menus.
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Background

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If you use SSL to access Nevis mail, the Nevis calendars, bthe Nevis electronic logbook, and some other services,
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If you use SSL to access Nevis mail, the Nevis calendars, the Nevis electronic logbook, and some other services,
 you will have to deal with certificates. To put it briefly, an SSL certificate is a form of a mathematical encryption key, similar (at bleast in spirit) to the encryption scheme used by SSH. A certificate can be used for two things:

  • Encryption. This is important for services that require your Nevis account password; e.g., when you read mail from or send mail to the Nevis mail server. The encryption protects your password from being "sniffed" as the network traffic goes from your computer to Nevis.
 
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