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Renewing a Certificate

Your certificate will need to be replaced when it expires. You will use the same process to replace the certificate as you did when you created the original certificate.

The new certificate will be generated and saved on your computer. If you have used your old certificate to encrypt data files, then you should keep it, but otherwise it can be removed.

Finding the Expiration Date

  • eToken – Plug your eToken into a Windows computer that has the eToken software installed on it. Click Start, Programs, eToken, then eToken Properties. Click Advanced from the Menu bar, then the Certificate & Keys tab. The Valid to field will show the expiration date of the certificate on your eToken.
  • Firefox 1.5 and Later – Select the Options option from the Tools menu (on a Macintosh, use the Preferences option from the Firefox menu), select Advanced, then select Security (version 1.5) or Encryption (version 2.0).  Click the View Certificates button. The expiration dates are listed with the certificates.
  • Safari 1.2.2 and Later – Open the KeyChain Access program from the Utilities folder, then select Certificates. You may need to sort by Kind by clicking on the Kind menu. Look for the certificates. Select a particular certificate by clicking on it. The expiration date of the certificate is then listed in the bottom half of the KeyChain window when Attributes is selected.
  • Netscape 7.x – From the Preferences menu, select Privacy & Security, then Certificates. Click the Manage Certificates button. The expiration dates are listed with the certificates.
  • Internet Explorer – From the Tools menu, select Internet Options, then the Content then click Certificates. The expiration dates are listed with the certificates.

Last Updated: 11/7/12