How to Remove Security Certificate Flags on Internet Explorer

By Sam N. Austin

Security certificates are issued by independent companies such as VeriSign and Thawte. The certificates are issued to companies whose identities have been verified by the certificate issuer. A valid security certificate on a Web page shows that transactions on that page, such as online purchases or communications, are encrypted for security and privacy. When the security certificate on a Web page is not valid, the Web browser will provide a security alert or security flag. If you have specific knowledge that the security alert is incorrect, you can remove the security certificate flag in Internet Explorer.

Step 1

Open an Internet Explorer window. Click "Tools," then choose "Internet Options."

Step 2

Click the "Content" tab in the Internet Options window.

Step 3

Click the "Certificates" button on the Content options page.

Step 4

Click the "Untrusted Publishers" tab in the Certificates window. It may be necessary to scroll horizontally to see the tab.

Step 5

Click to highlight the security certificate that you want to trust, then click the "Remove" button. This will open a confirmation window. Click the "Yes" button in the confirmation window to complete the process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Authorizing invalid security certificates may subject your computer to increased security risks.

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