Installing Rhodes' CA Certificate

Some of the University's internal web sites, such as ruconnected and the meal booking system, make use of special security certificates to help protect your username & password. This certificate is not unlike those used by banks and online stores, but is particular to Rhodes.

In order for these sites to work correctly you need to install what is known as a certificate authority (CA) certificate into your web browser. The CA certificate tells your browser that you trust any web site that uses a Rhodes certificate.

You would normally install Rhodes' CA certificate as part of the Student Networking sign-up process. If you forgot to do this, or you've got a new computer, you'll find that you get security warnings from your web browser each time you visit one of the sites that make use of this certificate.

You can easily solve this by installing the CA certificate now. You'll need to repeat the process for each web browser you use. Below are instructions for Internet Explorer and Firefox:

Internet Explorer

To install the certificate in Internet Explorer, do the following:

  • Download the certificate installer (from here)
  • If prompted to "Open" or "Save" the installer, choose Open.
  • Follow the installer prompts.


  • Download the certificate (from here)
  • If prompted to Open or Save the certificate, choose Open.
  • Click on the Install Certificate... button to open the Certificate Import Wizard
  • Click Next
  • The next step depends on your operating system:
    • If you use Windows XP, select Next to automatically select a certificate store
    • If you use Vista, select Place certificate in the following store and then Browse for the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store (Vista puts the certificate in the wrong store otherwise). ClickOK and then Next
  • click Finish. The certificate should now be installed.


To install the certificate in Firefox, do the following:

  • Download the certificate (from here)
  • When prompted to choose how to trust the certificate, make sure that Trust this CA to identify web sites and Trust this CA to identify software developers are ticked (you can safely tick all the options).
  • Click OK
  • The certificate should now be installed.

Last Modified: Tue, 22 May 2018 09:57:15 SAST