The University of Saskatchewan and Information and Communications Technology Services protect sensitive data on University web servers using a secure connection between your web browser and our servers. The secure connection (called Secure Socket Layer or SSL) prevents casual and not-so-casual eavesdroppers from accessing this data.
Every secure web server identifies itself with a certificate. Certificates have to be authorized, and this is done with a Certificate Authority. There are a number of certificate authorities already trusted by your browser, with names such as Thawte and Verisign.
In most cases, you don't need to worry about this, because most U of S web servers have commercial certificates and are already trusted by most web browsers. Occasionally, however, we use our own certificate authority. Please follow the links below to tell your browser to trust the U of S certificate authority.
If you do not do this, then your browser may put you through a cumbersome and confusing series of dialogues when you connect to some secure web sites on campus.