General PKI Frequently Asked Questions
Digital Certificate is an electronic document that binds a public key to an entity such as an organization, machine, or a person. The binding of the identity and the public key is done by the issuing CA. The issuing CA will assume the responsibility of verifying the identity of the requesting party. The requesting party is the entity requesting the binding of its public key to its identity.
To enable the widespread use of digital certificates Digital Identity publishes its subscribers certificates to its on-line directory. This allows you to find and load a persons digital certificate into your address book and communicate securely over the Internet.
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SSL uses a public key - private key system for its encrypting. The public key is used to encrypt the information. However, only the private key can be used to decrypt this information. This allows the public key to be known to all so that encrypted information may be sent to the server. The server can then use the private key, which is kept secret, to decrypt the information. In this scenario, the certificate is the public key.
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Both e-banking User ID or digital certificate can be used to access our e-banking service without prior registration. Moreover, a digital certificate brings you extra security and protects you from unauthorized access to your account(s). In physical world, when customers make transactions with their accounts, they have to present a passbook together with their authorized signature.
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To safeguard your digital certificate from unauthorized access, a digital certificate is locked by a PIN granted by the certificate authority. Without the password, you cannot use an Digital Certificate. Thus, each time you choose a digital certificate, you have to input this digital certificate PIN.
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Digital signature certificates (DSC) are the digital equivalent (that is electronic format) of physical or paper certificates. Examples of physical certificates are drivers' licenses, passports or membership cards. Certificates serve as proof of identity of an individual for a certain purpose; for example, a driver's license identifies someone who can legally drive in a particular country.
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You will need to go to the certificate management page [/certificatemanagement]. Here you will need to search using your email address for your certificate. Once found select your certificate from the list given. You will also need your Challenge Phrase from the original enrolment.
Digital Identity digital certificates are valid for one year, unless suspended or revoked before expiration. If not suspended or revoked they will be renewed.
Digital Identity provides a service that allows you to suspend or revoke your certificate. You would suspend a certificate if you suspected that your private key had been compromised e.g. someone found out your passphrase. You would revoke it when you were certain it was compromised. An organisation can also revoke a certificate e.g. when an employee leaves.