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identity certificate/unknown signature algorithm

Posted on 2001-07-11
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The identity certificate uses an unknown signature algorithm.
I never got it before tonight, but it is keeping me from getting into parts of websites.  How do I fix it?
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by:weed
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Is this with Netscape, IE, Opera, iCab, OmniWeb?...which? Which sites? What OS version?
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by:sorscj
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I'm away from home and not operating the was I'm accustomed to.  So I was using MS Internet Explorer 4.5 but had their AOL 5.0 open for Internet access.  It happened at a couple of different sites when I tried to give the requested information on a form.  When I went to the same two sites in AOL I didn't get that message, so I am assuming it was a conflict between Explorer and AOL.
If you could just give me some general info about what the message, or the terms in the message mean, I'd be happy with that.
I'll be away until Tuesday.
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Web browsers can use certificates as a form of identification. They are encrypted with an algorithim in order to protect that information during transfer. Otherwise spying eyes could look at it and pretend to be you. This is especially important for online banking sites etc. Aparrently the sites youre trying to hit are using an algorithim that IE 4.5 doesnt recognize. It may work better with IE 5 which would obviously support the current methods.
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