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It’s MIT certificate renewal season!
June 14, 2017
Jess Archer
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The MIT certificate(s) installed on your computer will expire on July 31, 2017. You need to renew these certificates by that date to retain access to MIT’s secure web applications, including Atlas, WebSIS, Stellar, software downloads, and more.

You will need to renew the certificate for each browser on every computer you use. Renewal consists of downloading replacement certificates for your expiring ones.

Note: If your Kerberos password is over a year old, you will be required to change it during the certificate renewal process. Make sure to choose a strong password. If you don’t currently have LastPass, consider using it to save passwords and increase your online security.

CertAid can be used to quickly install new certificates for Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Safari. For Firefox, you can go to the Get an MIT Certificate page to manually install a new certificate.

Once you install new certificates, deleting your old ones may help you avoid problems accessing sites and resources. CertAid will prompt you to delete these old certificates after the new ones have been installed. IS&T recommends deleting your old certificates unless you use S/MIME to sign or encrypt emails, in which case you should not delete them.

Having a valid certificate is the first step in verifying your identity via MIT’s Touchstone authentication service. The second step is provided through Duo two-factor authentication. To access MIT’s secure online spaces, you need both a valid certificate and a device registered for use with Duo.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the IS&T Service Desk at servicedesk@mit.edu, online, or 617.253.1101.