Trusting Self-Signed Certificates with IE6/7

A self-signed certificate is signed by its own creator. Because of this, the certificate is not trusted by web browsers. Users can continue, but have to bypass a security message. A self-signed certificate is typically used for testing or a small application that is specific to one purpose and the owners of the site determines rather then spending $$$ on "trusted" cert, the users going to the website can instead select to trust the cert in their web browser.

  • Visit the web site in Internet Explorer.


  • Click on Continue to this website (not recommended)
  • Click on Certificate Error in the red colored address bar


  • Click on View certificates
  • In the Certificate dialog, press Install Certificate
  • In the Certificate Import Wizard, click Next
  • On page 2 of the wizard, select Place all certificates in the following store and click Browse;
  • In the Select Certificate Store dialog, select Trusted Root Certification Authorities, click OK
  • In the wizard, click Next, click Finish
  • If a security message pops up, choose Yes

Trust your own certificate in Firefox

This is much easier. Visit the web site and select 'Permanently accept this certificate' when Firefox pops up a window.