How to check SSL Certificate information in different Web Browsers

As the users are getting aware of the privacy and security of their sensitive confidential information, the use of SSL certificate is increased. Today, there are about 40% domains which have adopted SSL certificate to encrypt information coming from the side of site visitors.

When a website is encrypted with an SSL certificate, the browser displays the URL with HTTPS along with Green Pad Lock, which indicates that the website is genuine, trusted, and the information being sent will be encrypted.

When you click on that Padlock, the SSL certificate information will be displayed.

Here is the list of Information which browser will display.

→ Website URL

→ Owner Information

→ Verified By: (Name of Certificate Authority)

→ SSL Certificate Version

→ Serial Number

→ SSL Signature Algorithm

→ Issuer’s Information

→ SSL Certificate Validity

→ Website’s CSR Information: (Common Name, Department, Organization Name, Location, State, Country)

→ Public Key Algorithm

The viewing process of SSL certificate is different for every browser. In this article, we have demonstrated the process of checking SSL certificate information in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

Check SSL Certificate Information in Google Chrome 58

On previous Google Chrome versions, it was easy to view SSL information by just clicking on Padlock icon from URL bar, but it has somewhat changed from the Chrome 58. Google developers have introduced a new security panel in the browser which displays whether the website is trusted or not, and it also displays the SSL information if SSL has been installed.

Here’s how you can check SSL Information:

Step 1: Open the SSL Encrypted website of which SSL information you are wishing to fetch

Step 2: Click on Settings > More Tools > Developers Options, or type Ctrl + Shift + I, or press Function 12 (F12) button.

Step 3: Move to the Security Tab. Where you will find security overview of that website giving an insight into the certificate details.

Chrome SSL Certificate Information

Step 4: Now, click on View Certificate button to view the SSL information of that particular website. A new certificate dialogue will appear. Click on Details to view the SSL information.

SSL Certificate Information

Check SSL Certificate Information in Mozilla Firefox 53

It is simple and easy to view the SSL information in Firefox 53.

Step 1: Open the SSL encrypted website.

Step 2: Click on the green padlock. An information bar will appear

Step 3: Here click the > sign and some information will appear. Here, you will find initial information about the website which includes the following details:

→ Organization Name

→ Location

→ Issued By (Name of Certificate Authority).

View EV SSL Certificate Information
Note: When you fetch the SSL certificate information and if the website is encrypted using Domain Validated certificate, Firefox will only display the CA name.
View EV SSL Certificate Information

Step 4: Now click on More Information > View Certificate to view the detailed SSL certificate information.

For EV SSL certificate, the owner information will be displayed. For DV SSL certificate owner information will not be displayed.

Check SSL Certificate Information in Internet Explorer 11

Step 1: Open the SSL encrypted website.

Step 2: Click on the padlock from the URL bar, an information tab will appear. It includes the following information:

→ Issuer Name (Name of Certificate Authority)

→ Website URL

→ If EV SSL has been installed on the website, name of the organization will be displayed.

Checking SSL Certificate in IE 11

Step 3: Now to check the detailed SSL certificate info, click on View Certificates.

A new certificate information dialogue will appear with three tabs — General, Details & Certificate Path.

→ In the General tab, IE will display the issuer website URL, issued by (CA Name), and validity period.

→ In Detailed tab, IE will display SSL version, serial number, signature algorithm, signature hash algorithm, issuer information, validity period, CSR information, public key, SAN Details (if any) etc.

→ In Certificate Path tab, the IE will display the certificate path followed by CA certificate, intermediate certificate, and server certificate.

SSL Certificate Information — Internet Explorer 11
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