Requesting Your S/MIME Certificate
- Open Firefox
NOTE: If you have already configured a master password in Firefox, skip to Step 4.
- From within Firefox select Options from the Tools menu (or Preferences from the Firefox menu if you are using Mac OS X); click the Security tab; Click the Change Master Password button
- Enter the password, confirm it and click the OK button.
NOTE: Use the password quality meter to ensure that this is a good quality.
- Go to: https://transact.bates.edu/crs and log in using your network username and password.
- Click the Request a certificate button and follow any on-screen instructions.
- Check your e-mail for instructions from Comodo (the certificate authority we use for SSL certificates)
NOTE: DO NOT click on the button in the e-mail unless you are positive that doing so will open Firefox.
- Copy the URL from the Comodo e-mail (the one below the button) into your Firefox Web browser.
- Enter your e-mail address and the password provided in the instructions from Comodo, then click Submit & Continue, enter your master password if prompted and follow any on-screen instructions.
NOTE: At this point the new certificate should be loaded into the Firefox cryptographic device. Now you need to export the certificate from Firefox so that it can be imported into Thunderbird.
- From within Firefox select Options from the Tools menu (or Preferences from the Firefox menu if you are using Mac OS X); click the Advanced tab; click the Encryption sub-tab; click the View Certificates button; click the Your Certificates tab
- Select your new certificate (the one from USERTRUST) and click the Backup button
- Name the file client-certificate.p12
- Enter your master password
- Choose a strong password for the backup file, click the OK button, and click the OK buttons on the remaining two windows.