If while trying to access a .mil you encounter a security warning to the effect of “you are accessing an untrusted connection”, don’t be alarmed. This error is generated by the browser when it does not recognize a certificate. Though most modern web browsers accept Department of Defense certificates by default there are a few that do not. Firefox is an example of one such browser. This problem can be fixed permanently by following the steps below. Note: The steps out-lined below demonstrate the process of accepting certificates in Firefox. Other browsers may follow a slightly different process.
- Upon arriving at a DoD site where you are greeted by the “This Connection is Untrusted” message, look towards the bottom of the message. You will see a hyperlink titled “I understand the risks”. Click on this link to continue.
- You will be asked to “Add an exception”. Click the “Add Exception” button.
- Once the “Add Security Exception” window opens click “Confirm Security Exception” button on the bottom of the window. Once you complete this step Firefox will no longer prompt you with a warning message when you visit the site.
example of “untrusted connection” message example of “add security exception” window.