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Purpose of certificates on a device

A certificate is a digital document that binds the identity and public key of a certificate subject. Each certificate has a corresponding private key that is stored separately. A certification authority signs the certificate to verify that it can be trusted.

A BlackBerry® device can use certificates to:

  • Authenticate using SSL when it connects to web pages that use HTTPS
  • Encrypt and sign email messages and PIN messages using S/MIME encryption
  • Authenticate with an enterprise Wi-Fi® network

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