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What is an SSL Certificate

What is an SSL Certificate?

by Rahul

SSL CERTIFICATE: In General Sense

The word SSL stands for “Secure Sockets Layer” which is a security feature for a website. Those sites which have SSL certification are considered secure sites and it is assumed that their information is secured and can not be stolen easily. 

SSL CERTIFICATE: In Technical Sense in the form of Story

Whenever you searched anything on the internet, through a browser it goes to the server and brings back the relevant information which you are looking for. This is a normal process that we deal with every day. 

When we type the URL of any website and search through a browser. Our browser raises HTTP requests to the specified server and pulls the information to show in the form of a webpage. When we search for something our query passes through many computers and through many mini servers.

Now, what if someone intentionally can come between our browser and the server on which the website is hosted. He can not only get our personal details but can harm our computer and server also.

So to find the solution to this problem and to secure our browser and server connection this SSL has come into the picture. This SSL creates an encrypted layer over all the information that we exchange with our server. 

So now when everyone understood the importance of SSL they wanted to have it for their own website. And when Google has admitted that it gives more preferences to any SSL secure website over the unsecured site the malicious play of IT companies begun. 

When people wanted to create a blog, when they wanted to become a successful blogger or anything else, they need to adopt Google’s guideline of having a secured site.  IT companies taken this opportunity to generate business. They have basically created two types of SSL certificates, Easy and Tough (technically there are 3 types of certificates, which covered later in this article). One for individuals and another for the enterprises. 

The normal SSL certificate that we use on our website is less secured than those used by enterprises. Trusted E-commerce sites, Banks, Legal Firms, and many online businesses are using highly secured SSL and they pay a good amount for it.

How to view SSL certificate of any website?

Seeing the SSL certificate of any website is very simple. Just open the URL of any website whose SSL information you want to see. In the URL bar of your browser if you see a lock symbol (padlock icon)  it means that the website is secured through SSL certificate.

  • How to view SSL Certificate in the Internet Explorer

Seeing the SSL certificate of any website is very simple. Just open the URL of any website whose SSL information you want to see. In the URL bar of your browser if you see a lock symbol (padlock icon)  it means that the website is secured through SSL certificate.

  1. Search URL in the browser => See for lock symbol (padlock icon) as shown in the image below
  2. At the top right corner of the browser => Go to Tools and then into Internet Option
  3. Click over content tab – then click over Certificate => a new box will open
  4. Click over – Intermediate Certification authorities or Trusted root certification to see the certificates.
How to see SSL in Internet Explorar
  • How to view SSL Certificate in the Chrome Browser

Finding SSL Certificate in the Chrome Browser is quite simple. 

  1. Open the website URL in the Chrome Browser => Go to the top right corner.
  2. Click the 3 dot symbol => Open Settings => a new window will open
  3. Under the setting window in the search bar type “Manage Certificates”
  4. Manage Certificate option will come in the list
  5. Click the Manage Certificates => Certificates will open in a box
  6. Click the tab “Intermediate Certificate authority” => Certificates will open
  • How to view SSL Certificate through Address Bar

Now I’ll tell you the shortest method to find the certificates. 

  1. Open the URL in your browser
  2. Right-click the lock symbol (padlock icon) of the address bar
  3. A box will open which will contain “Certificate” in the list
  4. Click the Certificate to view the Certificate information

Refer to the following image.

How to view SSL in 2 mints through address bar

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