Is it Safe to Disable the Certificate?
Disabling security certificates in Internet Explorer 9 can be safe but only in some situations. Internet Explorer will offer several different security certification error warnings. Each one means something different. Know what each one means will help you decide when it is safe to bypass the site block protocol and advance to the web page or if you should abandon that particular page and look for another one.
“This website’s address doesn’t match the address in the security certificate." This error appears when the digital certificate used by the website was initially registered to a different web address. It is fine to bypass this error and use the disable feature below when you are sure the site is legitimate. Usually this happens when a parent company uses the same certificate for multiple pages or new pages that were created during the year.
“This website’s security certificate is out of date." Certifications are only valid for a select amount of time. Once that time has passed the site must be re-certified. If this isn’t done then this error will pop up. It is relatively safe to bypass this security certificate as well.
“This website’s security certification isn’t from a trusted source." This is one to look out for. This error will occur on sites that have a security certificate that wasn’t issued by an Internet Explorer trusted vendor. These are often used by phishing sites to try to gain access to personal information including credit card and social security numbers. It is never safe to bypass this error.
“Internet Explorer has found a problem with this website’s security certificate." This is an error where the certification can’t be read by the validation program. This usually means someone has attempted to hack the certificate or that has been created by an unauthorized source. Again, this error should be taken seriously and the site should not be entered.
Once you understand the risks involved in disabling the security certification protocol and you have decided that you have enough protections in place continue to the next section to learn how to diable the security protocol.