Internet Explorer 7 and self-signed certificates
IE 7 displays a very different error message if it comes across a web page that has:
- an expired certificate
- a self-signed certificate (Examples: http://go.middlebury.edu/files or http://go.middlebury.edu/spam)
Here is a sample such message:
There is a problem with this website's security certificate. The security certificate presented by this website was issued for a different website's address. Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server. We recommend that you close this webpage and do not continue to this website. Click here to close this webpage. Continue to this website (not recommended). More information
If you trust the website (if it is, for example, a Middlebury College site/page), you can safely click the Continue to this website (not recommended) option at the bottom: After this, IE will still display the scary error message the next time you visit the site.