How to verify Fair Proposals certificates

About Fair Proposals digitally signed Certificates

The authenticity of Certificates generated by the Fair Proposals System and signed by Fair Outcomes, Inc. as PDF documents may be validated by opening those PDF documents in any PDF reader application that supports digital signature validation. Some applications (including Adobe Acrobat Reader) may need you to preinstall the root digital certificate from DigiCert, Inc..

How to install the root certificate from DigiCert in Adobe Acrobat Reader

The following example depicts how to install DigiCert's root certificate in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC version 2018.009.20050 on the MacOS platform. The procedure for other platforms, older versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or Adobe Acrobat may be similar. Please consult the documentation of those products on how to install a trusted certificate.

  • Download DigiCert's root digital certificate from here.
  • On the main screen of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, click on the menu bar on the "Acrobat Reader" menu option and then on "Preferences"
  • On the "Preferences" panel, scroll down on the "Categories" list at the left and select "Signatures"
  • Click on the "More" button from the "Identities & trusted certificates" section. A pop-up entitled "Digital ID and Trusted Certificates Settings" should appear.
  • Click on the "Trusted Certificates" on the left side of the screen and then on the "Import" button at the top. That should pop up a screen named "Choose contacts to import".
  • Click on the "Browse" button and look in your computer folders for the file downloaded in the first step named "DigiCertHighAssuranceEVRootCA.crt".
  • Click on the "DigiCert High Assurance EV Root CA" line that just appeared on the top list of the screen.
  • Click on the "DigiCert High Assurance EV Root CA" line that got selected on the bottom list of the screen.
  • Click on the "Trust ..." button at the right
  • Check the options "Use this certificate as trusted root" and "Certified documents"
  • Press "OK" to close the screen
  • Press "Import" and then "OK" to close the screen and import the certificate
  • Close all open windows to return to Adobe Acrobat Reader main screen. Close and reopen the application.

After the previous procedure Adobe Acrobat Reader should be able to validate the authenticity of the PDF by using its digital signature.