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Acquiring a Purdue Certificate

A Purdue Certificate is an X.509 digital certificate used by the Secure Web Interface (SWI) to insure that only authorized people are able to inspect, change, insert, or delete sensitive information in the I2A2 databases.

To acquire a certificate, a request for one can be made to the Computing Center or via e-mail to I2A2 Administration. In your message please explain why you need access to I2A2 via the SWI.

Your certificate and secret key will be delivered to you on a 3 1/2 floppy disk. Certificate and key are combined together into a file with an extension of ".p12". To make it difficult for someone to steal your floppy disk, recover your certificate and secret key, and impersonate you the file is protected with a pass phrase.

Store the floppy disk in a secure place, such as a locked desk drawer. Keep your pass phrase in a separate place (i.e., don't write it on the floppy). Remember: if someone steals this floppy disk, and knows the pass phrase, they can impersonate you!

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