People seem to become more aware of the presence of SSL and anyone who knows about it expects that all websites must use it. Some others may also know whether or not a website uses SSL. Take note, however, that there is much more you should know about the details of an SSL certificate. Once you dig into these details, you will know more about the issuing certificate authority, validity period, and even pieces of identifying information about the company that is operating the website. Depending on the browser that you are using, you can easily access these pieces of information. Here is a guide to help you with in this regard.
Chrome Version 63 – Desktop and Android Mobile
Using the main browser interface on your desktop, click on the padlock icon found in the URL bar. From there, dropdown options will appear. You simply have to click on the “Valid” link found under the certificate section. The Certificate window will appear and you can find the certificate contents right on the ‘Details’ tab.
If you are using Chrome on Mobile, you can start by clicking on the padlock icon found right next to the URL and from there, simply click on “Details.” You will then see more details about the certificate including information about encrypted information like the algorithm, protocol, cipher and issuing CA. You will find out more by clicking on the “Certificate Information” link.
Firefox Version 57
The most recent version of Mozilla Firefox provides certificate details right in the main browser interface. Click on the padlock icon in the URL bar will open a dropdown option which indicates that you have a secure connection if the SSL has been properly configured. Click on the arrow found at the right part of the dropdown menu to view other pieces of information about the SSL certificate. You can also have the chance to view Extended Validation certificates where you can find details regarding the company operating the site. In case of non-EV certificates, you will only see details regarding the CA that issued the certificate.
Internet Explorer Version 11
This version of the IE gives you the details of the certificate right from the main interface, similar to Firefox. Once you click on the padlock icon, you will see the issuing CA with an additional note saying that the server connection is encrypted. Depending on whether the site uses EV or non-EV certificates, there will also be other pieces of information you will see. Proceed to clicking the “View Certificates” option found at the bottom of the pop-up and you will have access to a window providing certificate details.
Safari Version 11
You cannot view any certificate details in Safari Mobile. In the desktop version, however, you can click on the padlock icon, and you will see the company’s name and address as well as the name of the issuing CA. You can view more information by clicking on the “Show Certificate” option.
You have to take note that there are some other browsers that do not give you access to all the certificate details that you want to view. This list includes:
- iOS Version 63. Click on the padlock icon and you will only see the CA that issued the certificate to the website.
- Edge Version 16. There is no way you will be able to get the details you need regarding the SSL certificate of the website. Clicking on the padlock icon on the main browser will only include details as to the Root CA.
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