How to Verify your Certificate

When Accessing Your PC From a Web Browser


  1. The first thing you'll need is your Certificate Fingerprint (or Thumbprint). In MF327, you can find this by typing the word "fingerprints" in the main window, or by clicking the Quick Start button and scrolling to the bottom. MF327 uses different certificates depending on how you connect, so you'll see several fingerprints.

    If you have a certificate file, you can open the certificate on your PC and locate the value as shown below.
  2. Once you have your Fingerprint, connect to your PC by typing the URL into your web browser. You should see a security warning because the certificate is not trusted by your browser. This is normal when accessing a private computer. Click here to see why.
  3. To prove your connection is secure, follow the steps below for your specific web browser. (Other browsers will have a similar process)
    IMPORTANT: These instructions are for accessing your own PC.
    Never bypass security warnings when accessing public websites, such as your bank or email.

  4. Chrome

    1. Click 'ADVANCED', then 'PROCEED TO ...'.
    2. This will bring you to the login page.
    3. To verify your connection is secure before logging-in:
      • Click the red triangle in the address bar
      • Click 'Details', then 'Certificate information'
      • Scroll down to the 'FINGERPRINTS' section
      • Compare the 'SHA-1 fingerprint' to the one(s) you found in Step 1.
        If any are a match, your connection is secure.

    Safari

    1. At the security warning, click, 'Show Details' and scroll down.
    2. To verify your connection is secure before logging-in:
      • Click 'view the certificate', then 'More Details'.
      • Scroll down to the 'FINGERPRINTS' section (near the bottom).
      • Compare the 'SHA-1 fingerprint' to the one(s) you found in Step 1.
        If any are a match, your connection is secure.
      • At the top of the window, click '< Certificate', then 'Done'
    3. Click 'visit this website'. This will bring you to the login page

    Firefox

    1. Click 'Advanced', scroll down and click 'Add Exception'.
    1. Click 'Confirm Security Exception'
    1. This will bring you to the login page.
    2. To verify your connection is secure before logging-in:
      • Click the padlock in the address bar.
      • Click the '>' arrow, then 'More Information', then 'View Certificate'.
      • Scroll down until you see Fingerprints and compare the 'SHA-1 Fingerprint' to the one(s) you found in Step 1.
        If any are a match, your connection is secure.

    Microsoft Edge

    1. Click Advanced, then 'Continue to [website] (unsafe)'. This will bring you to the login page.
    1. To verify your connection is secure before logging-in:
      • Click the red triangle in the address bar, then 'certificates (not valid)'.
      • Click on the 'Details' tab, scroll to the bottom, and click 'Thumbprint'.
      • Compare the value to the 'SHA-1 fingerprint(s)' you found in Step 1.
        If any are a match, your connection is secure.
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