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Netscape 4.X Personal Digital Certificate

Installation Instructions


Introduction
You can use a GeoTrust My Credential certificate to send and receive secure e-mail messages over the Internet with Netscape. Netscape supports the Secure Multi-Purpose Internet Messaging Extensions (S/MIME) protocol; My Credential conforms to this standard allowing you to use this for encrypted e-mail.

Obtain a GeoTrust My Credential certificate for use with Netscape
In order to send and receive secure messages in Netscape you must have a digital certificate. To obtain a certificate, please use the information below.

Get a GeoTrust My Credential certificate:
Obtain your certificate here: https://www.geotrust.com/signing-products/secure-email/

Enrollment Process:

1. Complete enrollment and verification process.
2. Go to your custom certificate pickup page to obtain your new certificate.
3. Click on the 'INSTALL' button.

Note: In order to complete the certificate installation process, you must complete both the enrollment process and certificate pickup process using the same browser.

Verify your GeoTrust certificate installation has been successful
Perform the following tasks from within Netscape.

1. Select 'Security' from the toolbar
2. Go to 'CERTIFICATES' > 'YOURS' (Figure 1)

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3. You should be able to locate your certificate in the list

Signing and/or Encrypting messages individually

1. Compose a new message
2. Select 'Security' from the toolbar
3. Select 'Encrypt this message' to encrypt the contents of the message (Figure 2)
4. Select 'Include my Security Certificate.' to digitally sign the message (Figure 2)

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Encryption options only appear if a valid certificate exists for a message recipient.

Signing and/or Encrypting messages automatically

1. Select 'Security' from the toolbar
2. Go to 'MESSENGER'
3. Locate the section labeled: 'Sending Signed/Encrypted Mail' (Figure 3)

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4. To automatically digitally sign each message place a check mark in the box labeled: 'Sign mail messages, when it is possible'
5. To automatically encrypt each message place a check mark in the box labeled: 'Encrypt mail messages, when it is possible'

Placing a check mark in both boxes will automatically digitally sign and encrypt each message. Encryption options only appear if a valid certificate exists for a message recipient.