ADP Internet Security

Using a Digital Certificate

ADP Internet payroll products require users to present a digital certificate that is electronically signed by ADP, a user ID, and a password every time they log on. Requiring a digital certificate (something you have) and signing on with a user ID and password (something you know) provides a higher level of security than user ID and password alone.

Digital certificates use public and private key encryption, a technology developed about 20 years ago. ADP has implemented its own certificate authority for issuing digital certificates. A certificate authority is a trusted central administration that vouches for the identities of those to whom it issues certificates.

Who Receives a Certificate?

Important Security Considerations

It is important to protect your computer and keep its data secure. These recommendations can prevent the unauthorized use of ADP Internet payroll products from your computer:

Your company's help desk or support staff can help you to implement these recommendations. If you require assistance, contact your ADP regional service center representative.

How to Export Your Digital Certificate to Disk

Since PCs are subject to a wide array of problems, you should back up your digital certificate to disk and keep it in a secure location. You can then install the certificate at a later time, if necessary, by using the procedure described in Importing Your Digital Certificate to Another PC.

For Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher, follow these steps to back up your certificate to disk.

  1. Insert a blank, formatted disk into the disk drive.
  2. In Internet Explorer, select Tools¦Internet Options.
  3. Select the Content tab and click Certificates.
  4. Select your certificate and click Export.
  5. Click Next on the Certificate Export Wizard screen.
  6. Click Yes to export the private key and then click Next.
  7. Select Enable Strong Protection and click Next.
  8. Click Next on the Password screen and leave the password field blank.
  9. Type a:\mycert.key in the Name field. Click Next and then click Finish.

How to Import Your Digital Certificate to Another PC

For Internet Explorer version 5.0 or higher, follow these steps to import your certificate from the disk.

  1. On the Internet Explorer menu, select Tools¦Internet Options.
  2. Select the Content tab and click Certificates.
  3. Click Import.
  4. Click Next¦Browse and type a:\.
  5. Select your certificate, click Open, and then click Next.
  6. Click Next on the Password screen. Leave the Password field blank.
    Important: Do not select Strong Private Key Protection or Private Key Exportable.
  7. Select Automatically select the certificate store based on the type of certificate.
  8. Click Next. Then click Finish.