Obtaining a StartCom Certificate
The following guide describes how to obtain a free StartCom Class 1 S/MIME certificate using Firefox 3.5. StartCom unfortunately does not support Internet Explorer 8 at this time.
1) Go to www.startssl.com
2) Click the sign-up link in the top right corner.
3) Fill in your details. Press continue. If all goes well you should get a confirmation code to the email address you entered.
4) Enter the registration code you get in your mail. Now there could be a slight wait while they manually check your details. You really need to provide your actual address and phone number in order for this part of the process to go smooth. StartCom review the applications manually, but rather quickly under normal circumstances.
5) Wait for an activation link to arrive in your mailbox, and click the link in the mail and enter the code that's provided in this new mail.
The mail should look something like this:
To John Doe,
Your request for an account at StartSSL™ (www.startssl.com) has been approved and is available during the next 24 hours at the following location:
The verification code in order to continue the process is 5k7w2hp666l53iz
StartCom Ltd. StartSSL™ Certification Authority
6) Now choose to create your cert (image 5).
Generate Private Key. The default is High grade, and you should stick with that.
6) The certificate will be created and stored in the browser.
7) To export the certificate select "Preferences" -> "Advanced" -> "Encryption" -> "View Certificates", choose the "Your Certificates" tab and locate your certificate from the list. The certificate will be listed under StartCom Ltd. with "StartCom Free Certificate Member" as its name if this is your first one. Select the certificate and click on "Backup", choose a name for this backup file, provide a password and save it at a known location.
8) Import the saved certificate into mumble using the certificate wizard.