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OPIS Security Warning Help

Problem: I am getting a "Certificate Error" whenever I try to access OPIS.
Solution: To keep your personal information safe we encrypt the data that you recieve and transmit while using OPIS.   Since we use a self-signed certificate to perform this encryption, you may see a "security warning" when trying to access OPIS depending on the browser you use.

To utilize this encryption you will have to either:
  • Accept the certificate temporarily each time you access


  •     Or

  • Install the certificate onto your computer once to prevent the warning from appearing every time you use OPIS.  Note that installing the certificate is safe and secure.



Below is a set of directions to install our certificate on the following browsers:





Internet Explorer 7
Internet Explorer 6 (and older)
Netscape / Firefox / Mozilla








Internet Explorer 7:



Because of our self-signed certificate, Internet Explorer 7 blocks direct navigation to OPIS.   Follow these steps to prevent the warning from appearing:



The first page you encounter will look like this

IE 7 Security Certificate Warning




1.  Click on "Continue to this website (not recommended)". You will be taken to OPIS, but it will have a red Address Bar and certificate error message:



IE 7 Address Bar Warning




2.  Click on the Certificate Error button to open the information window:



IE 7 Certificate Warning




3.  Click on View Certificates. Then click on Install Certificate. Click Next through the "Certificate Import Wizard" screens and Finish on the final screen. This will lead to one final warning. Click Yes here to finish the process.



IE 7 Certificate Warning
















Internet Explorer 6 (and older)





When the pop-up "Security Alert" box appears, click either "Yes" to proceed or "View Certificate" then "Install Certificate" to install the certificate on your computer. If you have chosen to install the certificate, a "Certificate Import Wizard" will appear. Click "Next" through the Import Wizard screens, then "Finish" and "Yes" to add the certificate. This will install the certificate on your computer and you will no longer receive the security warning.














Netscape / Firefox / Mozilla





When the pop-up "Website Certified by an Unknown Authority" box appears, select either "Accept this certificate temporarily for this session" or "Accept this certificate permanently" and then click "OK". Choosing to accept the certificate permanently will install the certificate on your computer and you will no longer receive the security warning.