With ransomware attacks taking place every 14 seconds around the world, it is good to be cautious while visiting a site, especially before providing confidential information such as credit/debit card details, banking details, and so on.
If you are an online shopper, you might want to know that 43 percent of cyber-attacks target small businesses.
Today, one of the best security measures taken by website owners to combat the bad guys is installing an SSL Certificate. It protects sensitive information as it travels across the world’s computer networks.
SSL Certificate is crucial for protecting your website, even when you don’t handle sensitive information. It provides privacy, critical security, and data integrity for your websites and your users’ information.
But how do you check the certificate details in every browser? Remember that each browser is different, so is the method to view the security certificates. This article will run you through the various processes of viewing the SSL certificate details in all popular browsers.
How to View SSL Certificate Details in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge?
#1. How to View SSL certificate details in Chrome (v.60+)
Visit any SSL-enabled website and click on the green padlock in the address bar. A small popup will appear.
Click on Certificate (valid).
It will bring up the certificate window on your screen where you can see details, including subject, a validity period, and algorithms.
#2. How to View SSL certificate details in Chrome 77
With the release of Chrome 77 on September 10, 2019, the address bar view in Chrome for EV SSL certificates has undergone a change.
If you are using Chrome 77, now, you won’t see the “company name” next to the lock in the address bar. You will just see a lock icon instead.
Click on the padlock that shows to the left of the website URL in the address bar to open a bubble displaying the SSL Certificate details.
#3. How to View SSL certificate details in Firefox
Go to an HTTPS-enabled website and click on the Padlock Icon of the address bar.
A dropdown will appear where you can see the name of the certificate authority (CA) that has issued the SSL certificate.
Click on the Arrow on the right side of the dropdown.
A pop up will appear where you can view the details of the site’s SSL certificate. Note that it is valid only for organization validation (OV) SSL and extended validation (EV) SSL certificates. If the site is using a domain validation (DV) SSL certificate, you won’t see the arrow. Instead, only the name of the CA will appear.
If you are digging for more information, click on More Information at the bottom of the popup.
#4. How to View SSL certificate details in Safari
Visit an SSL-enabled website and double click on the padlock in the address bar of the website. A window will pop up.
Now, click on Show Certificate and then click on Details to view the certificate details.
#5. How to View SSL certificate details in Internet Explorer (v.11)
Visit any SSL-enabled website and click on the padlock to see the name of the certificate issuing authority.
Now click on the View Certificates link at the bottom of the popup to take you to the certificate details window. Here, you can view details, including the subject, a validity period, and algorithms.
#6. How to View SSL certificate details in Microsoft Edge
Visit any SSL-enabled website and click on the padlock. You will see the name of the certificate issuing authority.
The name of the Certificate Authority is the only thing you can see. Microsoft Edge does not allow an option to view SSL certificate details.
#7. How to view SSL certificate details in Chrome (Android Device)
To view SSL certificate details in Chrome in any Android device, all you need to do is a few taps on your screen. It is as simple as viewing it on your PC.
Visit any SSL-enabled website and tap on the padlock icon next to the URL.
Next, tap on the “Details” link.
You will see a popup on your screen. It will include CA information along with the security protocol and hashing algorithm used.
You can tap on Certificate Information to view more details about the certificate.
#8. How to view SSL certificate details in Safari (iPhone & iPad)
Open Safari on your iPhone or iPad. Note that Safari for iOS does not offer a built-in way to view an SSL certificate in the app. However, you can use a certificate verification website as a workaround.
Go to https://www.digicert.com/help to check SSL certificates for any accessible site.
Enter the URL of the site you wish to check. You can type just the domain (e.g. clickssl.net).
Click on Check Server.
Scroll down to find all the certificate’s information, including its issuer, expiration date, and other relevant details.
9. How to view SSL certificate details in Chrome 56
Open Developer Tools. You can do it with a keyboard shortcut.
Or open the Chrome menu (⋮), and then go to More Tools -> Developer Tools.
You will find Developer Tools on the dropdown menu.
Select the Security Tab, second from the right with default settings.
Next, select View Certificate to find all the other information about HTTPS/SSL.
As you can see, it is not difficult to view the SSL Certificate details in different browsers.
While it does take some time, knowing whether a site is secure or not is extremely crucial.
You might be practicing the best cybersecurity measures, but if the site you are visiting is vulnerable to cyber threats, your information is at risk.
Since the process of viewing the certificate details on each browser is different, you can refer to the instructions given in this article while proceeding to view the certificate details.