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What is the difference between a PKCS#12 digital ID file and a Windows Certificate Store?  How are these used and how portable are they ?  Which is more secure?
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PKCS12 ID is actually just a file that contains the keypair that is tied to the specific identity or entity. It can be refer to PFX or P12  extension files.

Cert Store is just a storage place widely refers to Windows repository storing the digital x509v3 certificates for the issued key pair.

The digital ID could reside in the Mac Keychain (its the Macintosh equivalent of the Windows Certificate Store), or on a smart card or USB token or even a specialized server, all of which application such as Acrobat can access.

The crux of the matter is the .PFX file is itself being encrypted using password security. Cert Store can be accessible by authorised user and the OS. The use of PFX does assure the owner of the key issued as compared the assurance comes from an trusted certificate authority (in trusted root store). Anyway, you likely to have both for secure identity and going for your digital signing amd encryption.
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