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OCI Application website(Certificate Error)

Discussion in 'Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Issues' started by rpattal, Feb 24, 2008.

  1. rpattal

    rpattal New Member

    When I am trying to submit the part A of the OCI application form, I am getting the invalid certificate error. I am using IE 7.0.

    So is it ok to to click continue and submit personal information in part A or is there a fix or workaround to this problem?

    The error page has the following information:-
    The security certificate presented by this website was not issued by a trusted certificate authority.

    Security certificate problems may indicate an attempt to fool you or intercept any data you send to the server.
    We recommend that you close this webpage and do not continue to this website.
    Click here to close this webpage.
    Continue to this website (not recommended).
    More information

    If you arrived at this page by clicking a link, check the website address in the address bar to be sure that it is the address you were expecting.
    When going to a website with an address such as https://example.com, try adding the 'www' to the address, https://www.example.com.
    If you choose to ignore this error and continue, do not enter private information into the website.

    For more information, see "Certificate Errors" in Internet Explorer Help.

  2. VivaLasVegas

    VivaLasVegas Volunteer Moderator

    You can go ahead and click continue. it looks like the passport.gov.in cert is not properly registered with the certificate authority and the reason why you are getting that warning message.
  3. rpattal

    rpattal New Member

    Will there be any Security isuues?

    Is it secure? Is it encrypted? Since in the message it is saying that the data can be intercepted.
  4. VivaLasVegas

    VivaLasVegas Volunteer Moderator

    Don't know if it's secure or not. That's a question you need to ask the Govt of India. IIRC that is the URL everyone has used to submit their OCI applications.
  5. desihai

    desihai Registered Users (C)

    The communication cannot be theoretically be intercepted in transit. It is as safe as you communicate to etrade or any other secure site. The problem is Govt of India passport site did not get the certificate from a well known certificate authority like Verisign (need to pay and keep renewing it). Instead they generated a cert which has public key and private key inhouse in an intranet server. The problem is the browsers like IE or firefox do not have that cert in its trusted store and complanins reg this pop up. If you accept the message permanently, it will be installed in CA store and you will not get future warnings. The communication in transit is secure and encrypted and only passport site can decrypt as others do not have the private key. The warning is for trust only.

    Be sure to use IE7 as peole have experienced issues with firefox. Ignore the certificate error message.

    As you know in all of the public news, once the communication is over the govt stores all these information somewhere in a database. There could be issues in such storage. We do not know if it stores in plain text or encrypted. There could be risks of theft as in some recent veterans office in US experienced.

    Dont worry too much, just apply and hope you get the OCI card!

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