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How To - Create a back-up copy of my ECA Certificate

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Reasons for creating a backup of your ECA Certificates:

  1. Allow you to Import your Certificates to an alternate computer for use. This will allow you to use your Certificates on multiple computers.
  2. Allow you to store your Certificates on a 3rd party device such as a USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive in case of a Hard Drive or System failure. This will allow you to Import your Certificates into the browser of your new computer for use and avoiding the need to reapply for new Certificates.
  3. Allow you to Import your Certificates for use in alternate browsers.

Back-up or Export your ECA browser based certificates:

Open Internet explorer and Go to Tools> Internet Options> Content> Certificates. In The Certificates window, Select your Certificate

Click the 'Export' button, and click 'Next' on the first screen.

Be Sure to select Yes, export the private key. Then Click Next...

Here we select the file format to export, leave this at the default type. Check "Include All certificate in the certification path if possible" and "Export all extended properties". Click Next

Create a password for your Certificate back-up. You will use this password for Importing the certificate to another browser or another computer. Once you have entered and confirmed your backup certificate password, click next.

Click the 'Browse' button. Choose a drive and folder you would like to store the file. Then type in a name you would like the file to have. Click 'Save'. Click 'Next'.

Click 'Finish'. If it asks you to click OK, do so. If it is asking for a password, then this would be the same password it asks for when you normally use the certificate online.

NOTE: the saved file will look like an open envelope with a key in front.

Please complete the process for BOTH CERTIFICATES



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