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Moving an ECA Digital Certificate to a New Computer

Your IdenTrust Certificate is comprised of two separate files, an encryption certificate and a signing certificate Make sure when moving your certificate you make an operational copy of both files.

If your certificate is housed on a Smart Card or Token - please install the SafeNet Software on the new computer, Reboot your Machine, and insert the Smart Card or Token. Your certificate is now ready for use on the new machine. If you would like to test the certificate, go to Step 3.

  1. Export your ECA browser based certificates to a shared drive or flash drive.
  2. Import your ECA browser based certificates to the New Computer.
  3. Testing your Certificate on our web site.

1. Export or Back-up 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

2. Import your ECA browser based certificates to the New Computer

Locate the backup file previously saved/ exported.

Double-click the file. The "Certificate Import Wizard" will open. Click Next. And Next again

Type in the password that was chosen when exporting the certificate. The check-boxes on this screen are optional, but we recommend putting checks in both. Here is the description of each:
  • Mark The Private Key As Exportable: If this is not chosen, then you can never export this certificate from this computer in the future.
  • Enable Strong Private Key Protection.
  • Include all extended properties.
Click Next.

Select "Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of Certificate and Next"

If "Enable Strong..." was chosen, then "Importing a new private exchange key" window opens. By default, it is set to Medium security if you choose to use High security, then click the "Set Security Level" button, and follow the instructions there.

Click 'OK' on the "Importing a new private exchange key" window.

It should show "The import was successful". Click 'OK'.

3. Test you Certificate on our web site:

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