How to Disable Certificate Authentication

By Cameron Easey

Internet Explorer provides many options to configure a browser when surfing the Internet. When a certificate error appears on one or more websites consistently, you may want to turn off the certificate error checking option in the browser, at least temporarily. To do this you need to access the "Internet Options" section of the web browser. Remember that when you have this function turned off, it will not check the authenticity of a certificate.

Step 1

Double-click the icon for Internet Explorer to open the program.

Step 2

Click the "Tools" drop down and select "Internet Options" at the bottom. This opens the "Internet Options" window.

Step 3

Go to the "Security" tab and verify that "Internet" is selected under "Select a Web content zone to specify its security settings." Click the "Custom Level" icon and scroll down to the "Miscellaneous" section.

Step 4

Select "Enable" for "Don't prompt for client certificate when no certificates or only one certificate exists." Click the "OK" button to save the change.

Step 5

Go to the "Advanced" tab scroll down to the "Security" section.

Step 6

Uncheck the box for "Warn about certificate address mismatch." Click the "Apply" button to save the change

Step 7

Click the "OK" button to close the Internet Options window.

Tips & Warnings

  • Close and then restart the browser for the changes to take effect.