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  Creating A New Profile
  Creating A New Certificate
  Making Your Public Key Public
  Importing Other People's Certificates
  Signing and Encrypting Your Files
  Signing and Encrypting Email Messages
  Creating and Extracting Archive
  Wiping Files and Cleaning Disk Free Space
 

Creating A New Certificate

Now you have successfully created your profile. But it is empty until your create a certificate (and key pair) for yourself or import other people's certificates.

Upon clicking the OK button in the iSafeguard - For Your Information dialog, the software will launch the certificate generation wizard to guide you through the process of generating a new certificate. If you don't want to generate a certificate at this time, you may cancel the wizard. Remember you need a certificate to sign and encrypt you files and emails.

Now let's follow the wizard to generate your very first digital certificate.

General Information

This startup screen gives you some general information about the wizard.

  1. Click the Next button to go to the next page.

Subject Information

The Name and Email Address screen is shown in the following figure.

  1. Enter your full name and email address, and then
  2. Click the Next button to go to the next page.

Your full name and email address will show in your final digital certificate.

Key Pair Size

You can use one of the predefined key pair sizes or choose your own customized key pair size. If you choose to use a custom key pair size you must make sure that you choose a size between 512 and 8192 in 8-bit increments. A 2048 bit length should be good enough for most people.

  1. Choose a Key Pair Size, and then
  2. Click Next button to go to the next page.

The key pair size is the lengths of the public key and the private key in bits. See FAQ: "There are two key lengths, 2048 and 128, I am confused" for information about the key pair size.

Key Pair Expiration Date

You need to select an expiration date for your certificate. If you don't want your certificate to expire select a very large number for the expiration year.

  1. Select an expiration date, and then
  2. Click the Next button to continue.

Ready

Now the wizard is ready to create your certificate and key pair. Click the Next button to continue.

Key Pair Generation

It may take a few minutes to generate your key pair depending on the size you choose. When the generation is completed you will see the following screen.

Now you have successfully generated your very first key pair and certificate.

  1. Click the Done button to close the wizard.

Taking A Look at the Newly Generated Certificate

Well, what's in my certificate? You may wonder. Let's find out.

  1. Locate the golden lock icon on the taskbar;
  2. Right click your mouse button on the lock;
  3. Select Certificate Manager from the popup menu;

This will start the Certificate Manger as shown in the figure below.

You can see there is one item in the Certificate Manager window - a certificate Michael Davis issued to himself.

To see the details of the certificate

  1. Click on the certificate item in the window to select it;
  2. Click Open... button.

Or

  1. Double click on the certificate.

The certificate viewer starts and the General tab is shown in the following figure.

Now click on the Details tab to find more information about the certificate as shown in the picture below.

This is a standard X.509 digital certificate that includes version number, serial number, signature algorithm, etc. If you are curious about the certificate, click on each field to discover more details.


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