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How To Import A Client Certificate To Firefox

Posted by John Carl Villanueva on Mon, Jun 01, 2015 @ 10:27 PM

Overview

Client certificate authentication is very suitable for highly-secure HTTPS connections. But for this type of authentication to work, the server must be configured for it and a client certificate must be loaded unto a client application. In this post, we'll focus on the client side. More specifically, we'll talk about how you can import a client certificate to Firefox.

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Step 1 

Launch Firefox and click the menu icon (3 horizontal lines) found in the upper-right-corner of the browser. After that, click the Preferences icon.

 

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Step 2

Go to the Certificates tab and then click the View Certificates button.

 

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Step 3

The previous step should have launched the Firefox Certificate Manager. Click the Your Certificates tab and then click the Import button.

 

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Step 4

The previous step should launch a browser which you can use to navigate to the directory where your client certificate file (usually a PKCS12 file with the .p12 or .pfx extension) is stored. Select the file and enter the required password. If you succeed, you should see a notification that says "Successfully restored your security certificate(s) and private key(s)." (or something to that effect. Click OK to proceed.

 

firefox-successfully-imported-client-certificate

 

You should then see your newly imported certificate under the Your Certificates collection of your Firefox Certificate Manager.

 

newly-imported-client-certificate-in-firefox

 

That's it! In our next post, I'll show you how to create and export a client certificate on JSCAPE MFT Server as well as enable client certificate authentication for its HTTPS service. Come back for that!

In the meantime, you might also want to read:

10 Essential Attributes of a Secure File Transfer

What Is An SFTP Key?

An Overview of How Digital Certificates Work

 

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Topics: Managed File Transfer, Security, Secure File Transfer